The roundtable discussions focus more than ever on the environment – with the topics of climate change, recycling and energy efficiency being hot topics.
A study of 2,000 adults found that 27% will talk about sustainability before anything else, including football, movies and what’s happening on Love Island.
However, 37% admitted that even though they frequently discuss these issues at the dinner table, they still don’t know what it all means when it comes to the climate crisis.
As a result, six in 10 people will simply ‘nod’ to feel part of the conversation, and 42% have turned to Google to help clarify things like ‘circular economy’ and ‘destabilize climate”.
Hayley Lloyd House, Head of Sustainability at BUXTON, who commissioned the research to reveal how people are engaging with circularity in plastic packaging, said: “The dinner table is a great place to gather with friends. and family and discuss not only what really matters, but also how we move from words to action.
“Often it is said that it is better to avoid topics like the news and the environment when we gather for meals, this is not so much the case anymore.
“Of course, there’s still plenty of room to discuss lighter things like vacations or sports, but our research shows that people are more engaged than ever in the issues that affect the future of our planet.”
The best way to learn
The study also found that two-thirds of respondents think it’s important to have open and honest discussions about important topics, according to figures from OnePoll.
But a quarter admitted they often struggle to follow a conversation and its topic if it’s something complex like an environmental issue or climate change.
And 51% will try to subtly steer a topic they feel is beyond them, into a conversation they’re more “in the know” with.
Confusion in conversation also extends to action.
Although 48% think it’s more common to talk about recycling and buy recycled products than a decade ago, 31% still don’t know what they can and can’t recycle.
Hayley Lloyd House of BUXTON, who says their entire range of bottles, other than caps and labels, are now made from recycled PET (rPET) plastic while still being recyclable, added: “Not knowing much on a subject is nothing to worry about. or ashamed.
“Being open and candid when you’re not quite familiar with something is the best way to learn, especially if you’re talking to someone who knows the subject well.
“And the more we talk about the environment and the ways we can help protect it for future generations, the more everyone can make more informed choices.”
Top 40 British Conversation Topics
Politics in the UK
Cost of life
the island of love
Latest TV Series
football in general
TV soap operas
The Royal family
Other reality TV shows
Buy products made from recycled materials
Social networks, e.g. accounts to follow, popular videos, etc.
The job market