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It has made a study of sustainable consumption in the municipality (12/12/2008)

Consumer Councilman of the City of Alhama de Murcia, José Miguel Muñoz Andreo and President of the Association of Consumers and Users Murcia, Facua Consumur, Roberto Vivancos Barceló presented today, Friday December 12, the results of Eco Sustainable Consumption Barometer Alhama de Murcia, a study by the Association in collaboration with the City through the Department of Consumer Affairs.

The aim of this study is to show the attitude of consumers and users of the municipality, and the efforts they are willing to do in terms of eco-efficiency and sustainable development in the domestic ecosystem, private vehicles and other fields of the citizen as consumer and user.

The survey, conducted on a sample of over one hundred citizens of the municipality, aged between twenty and seventy-five years, reveals the environmental habits adopted by consumers and users of Alhama de Murcia in the various facets of daily living including consumption in the home, shopping, work and transportation, with the latter two facets where less critical awareness and respect for the environment presents the consumer and user.

In this regard it is noteworthy that only 22.3% of respondents said using public transport as a means of transport they use to reach their place of work or study, compared with 69% who use private transport ensures a regular basis, being a very small percentage of the users of private transport which states take turns with family members or friends for the use of the vehicle, 35%, compared to 58.2% of users who travel alone.

Another aspect to be highlighted in the study of transport habits is the fact that only 25.2% of respondents said using the bike as regular transport for short journeys.

Thus, in the use and consumption of office supplies, 49% say they do not use in their daily paper products with low pollutant, compared to 51% that it does, and not choosing, preferably on the Office equipment suppliers who have environmental certification.

However, when asked about the recycling of paper, computer waste and batteries, a high percentage of respondents claim to deposit these materials on specific content (66.7%), and use the dirty paper before disposal, for other uses For example, take notes (85.4%).

As the results from the analysis of responsible drinking habits at home and shopping, there has been a growing awareness and respect for the environment, a fact that can be understood by the largest number of consumer-focused campaigns responsible for the domestic sphere, primarily in the home and shopping.

In this regard it is noteworthy that a high percentage (71%) of respondents said they are regular light bulbs versus 29% using incandescent bulbs.

However, this percentage, 93% were willing to change this habit.

In relation to water consumption, almost all respondents said usually use the shower, 97%, against 2.9% who use the bathroom.

With regard to duration, the majority of those surveyed said to be less than 15 to 20 minutes, and only 4%, between 15 and 20 minutes.

When asked about the separation of different waste generated at home, 51.4% said separate waste according to the nature of them, compared to 41.7% who did not make this distinction.

On the use of packaging, most respondents (91.3%) ensures reuse the containers before disposal.

In connection with purchases, 52.4% of respondents said quite often buy organic food products, taking into account the composition of certain products, such as cleaning products, buying those that cause less damage to the environment.

By contrast, a significant percentage of respondents claimed to have no regard to the material they are made for packaging (52.4%) and take the plastic bag provided by the establishment (47.5% ), but would be willing to change this habit, using the shopping cart or a bag used for shopping, brought from home.

Together with the results of Eco Sustainable Consumption Barometer Alhama de Murcia, the Association distributed to consumers and users of the municipality, the "Code of Good Practices in the Use and Consumption of Goods and Services, Sustainable Development Region Murcia "which aims to inform consumers and users about healthy habits to be taken to promote responsible consumption in the various facets of daily life such as consumption in the home, shopping, work and transport .

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alhama de Murcia

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