NASA tells us that climate change is proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over millennia. While many are calling upon the government and larger corporate offenders of climate change to address the seriousness of the situation, there are some steps that we can take as the boots on the ground to play our part, too.
In fact, the creativity of the construction industry workforce lends itself perfectly to inventing ideas, solutions, and technologies that can support the health of the environment in different ways. The 2022 Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report found that 63% of tradespeople are making environmentally-friendly changes in 2022.
In honour of Earth Day 2022, we take a look at how different trades are using technology and taking steps to better the planet, which is the greenest trade, and why it matters.
The best of green technology
When you think about environmentally friendly technologies, remote payment systems like PayPal or Klarna don’t usually jump to mind first. But the 2022 Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report found that 25% of tradespeople plan to provide quotes remotely in 2022 in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions produced by paper printing.
The most popular environmentally friendly change that tradespeople are making to their practices in 2022 is recycling (41%). In addition to adopting a general ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ approach, construction companies can make the most of emerging technologies to make their practices greener, including using plastic bricks and ‘green concrete’.
“There is growing evidence that recycling and adapting old buildings will be a key part of how the UK can meet the 2050 carbon-neutral targets and reduce the levels of waste produced by the industry.”
– Procure Partnerships, 2020
Which is the greenest trade?
So, we’ve explored some of the ways that tradespeople are trying to be more environmentally conscious, but it’s only fun if it’s a competition- right? Someone has to win. Which is the greenest trade?
The 2022 Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report found that bathroom fitters are the trade most likely to be making environmentally friendly changes to their business practices through methods like recycling and taking jobs locally, with 85% going greener in 2022. Roofers (75%) are the second most likely, and Gardeners, Landscapers, and builders (68%) are tied in third place.
Why does it matter?
Two-thirds of tradespeople surveyed in the 2022 Rated People Home Improvement Trends report said that their main motivation for making environmentally friendly changes this year is because they care about the planet. The smallest step can go a long way when it comes to bettering the environment.
And if that’s not enough, the 2022 Rated People Home Improvement Trends report found that taking environmentally friendly steps in your business can make you more attractive to clients and customers; 43% of homeowners say they would be more likely to choose a tradesperson that’s environmentally friendly and 45% say they want to make their homes more environmentally friendly in 2022.