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National Survey results show shift to thrift

11 Jul 2023 2 minute read
The latest results from the National Survey for Wales has shown an increase in people buying secondhand.

A national survey has found that more people in Wales are buying second-hand and reducing their energy usage in a bid to save money.

According to the latest results from the National Survey for Wales, there has been a significant increase in the number of people minimising their energy use at home (75% compared to 62% last year), with cost being cited as the main force behind this.

In the face of a climate crisis – as well as the continued effects of cost-of-living increases – the numbers of people recycling and reusing goods also saw a positive jump.

53% said they were cutting down on buying brand new items (compared to 46% previously) and 70% of people have either bought or been given second-hand items in the last 12 months, an increase from 57% in 2018-19.


Published today (11 July) the National Survey is a random sample telephone and online survey of over 11,000 people across Wales.

Interviews were carried out between April 2022 and March 2023 covering a wide range of topics like health, environmental issues, transport and arts attendance.

The survey also found that 40% of people used a bus service in the past year, with 30% of that group using a bus at least once a week.

29% of people polled said they look after or give help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill-health or disability, or problems related to old age.

92% of those who had an NHS dental appointment in the last 12 months said they were satisfied with the care they received.

41% of the people who had not been to a dentist (either NHS or private) in the past 12 months had wanted an appointment.

34% of people said they work remotely for some or all of their working hours, with 16 to 24-year-olds less likely to work remotely than older age groups.

39% of people say they participate in sporting activities three or more times per week, an increase from 34% last year.

The Minister for Finance and Local Government, Rebecca Evans said: “The National Survey results provide an important insight into how people in Wales feel about different aspects of their lives. It will inform our thinking and actions as we continue to work to make Wales a better place to live.”

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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
1 year ago

What would be super helpful to those of us who are thrifting about (for whatever reasons, mine are: because I am tight and I don’t like waste and I like the Earth) is “The Right To Repair” and ensuring that no consumer goods are made so that they are unable to be repaired, have parts replaced and also placing the onus on responsible reusing and recycling of parts/packaging/waste on the vendor rather than the consumer/society and thus relieving pressure on local councils and the consumer. That would be sweet. Bro.

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