GEN Z: Recycling and a romantic relationship

Chloe Berg
Chloe Berg

If you are a part of Gen Z or a millennial and are currently single, there is a new study that might determine why. In a sample of 1,332 people, Decluttr (an online marketplace for selling unwanted CDs, DVDs, games, books and tech items), found that 47% of young Americans would not want to be in a serious and romantic relationship with someone who doesn’t recycle.

Forty-five percent said they wouldn’t date someone who used an excessive amount of single-use plastic. The people who participated in the survey were between the ages of 18 and 29, and 67% of those people said that global warming is a “real, man-made and a serious threat.” It is currently a more significant issue than the economy.

According to the survey, 90% of millennials and Gen Z’ers regularly recycle while 43% choose to compost and 27% shop “zero plastic” to save the earth.

Decluttr also observed that most of these younger people who would write off the capability of a romantic companion over their recycling behavior are participants in digital waste. Three in five of the respondents didn’t realize the term “e-waste” and 57% weren’t aware of the harmful impact e-waste could have on the surroundings if gadgets aren’t disposed of or recycled well. The top two devices which might be reportedly hitting landfills in 2020 are charging cords and cables at 49% and headphones at 42%, according to Decluttr.

Chloe Berg is a Leavenworth native and student at Benedictine College.