People in Bristol are amongst the most ethical shoppers in the UK with a quarter of people refusing to buy products for ethical or environmental reasons. VW Camper Van Summer Bus Tour to find most charitable people in the UK, hits Bristol

Around 23 per cent of people questioned in Bristol said they would boycott any products when out shopping for ethical and environmental reasons, compared to just nine per cent of people in Leeds and 15 per cent in Edinburgh.  However people in Bristol lag behind when it comes to taking part in petitions to support action for justice and equality, with only 11 per cent of people saying they would create or sign a petition, compared to 20 per cent of people in Cardiff.

The survey comes as Bond (UK membership body for international development organisations) brought its VW Camper Van Summer Bus Tour – to find the most charitable people in the UK – to Bristol, from 9am to 5pm on Friday 04th September 2015.

The Bond Bus was in Centre Promenade in Bristol City Centre where people from Bond and local volunteers from South West International Development Network (SWIDN),  talked to people about international aid and the role the UK plays around the world, to support people living in poverty.

Ben Jackson, CEO of Bond said: “We are really pleased to have brought the Bond 10 Day Summer Tour to Bristol to celebrate the role we play in helping others around the world despite fierce criticism from people who question the UK’s aid commitment.  It is a great opportunity to talk to people here, which our survey found to be one of the most generous places in the UK.

“2015 is an important and historic year, as the world looks back over the past 15 years of progress made to overcome poverty, and looks forward to the next 15 years on how we tackle poverty, inequality and climate change.  These global goals (Sustainable Development Goals) are just as important for the UK as it is for other countries.”

Bond’s Attitudes to International Aid Survey (1) also found that people in Bristol were also the most generous when it came to the UK’s role to help the poorest people in the world.  Of more than 2,260 adults surveyed across the UK, two thirds of people in Bristol and the South West said it was important that the UK keeps its promises to help people particularly in emergencies.

The survey was commissioned during 2015 to also mark the European Year of Development 2015 which highlights the results the European Union and member countries – including the UK – have achieved to date in tackling global poverty. The UK is Europe’s top overseas donor according to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operations and Development (OECD).  The Bond Bus is also part of the global campaign action2015 which involves over 1950 organisations around the world, all committed to fighting for a better future for people and the pl