A new survey reveals that almost a quarter of Irish consumers want to reduce their impact on the planet - with many planning to borrow more and reduce the volume of products they buy this year.

The research carried out by community sharing app OLIO shows that 23% of people plan to act more sustainably in 2022.

Topping the list is a pledge to purchase fewer things and buy or borrow more second-hand goods, while 7% say they want to stop buying brand new items altogether.

A further 7% want to reduce their use of single-use plastic and another 5% plan to eat less meat.

"According to the Global Footprint Network, we're consuming resources as if we have 1.75 planets - and are on track to consume as if we have three planets by 2030, and five planets by 2050," said Tessa Clarke, co-founder and CEO of OLIO.

"It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this is completely unsustainable," she added.

Users of the free OLIO app, launched here in November to combat soaring food waste, can now use the new borrow feature, allowing them to list commonly used household items available for their neighbours to borrow.

It covers everyday items such as breadmakers, drills, board games and books.

The survey, conducted among OLIO’s 45,000-plus users in Ireland, shows that money is not the primary motivation to change our ways.

26% said they were driven to reduce their consumption to protect the planet - almost double the number who wanted to save money.

Nearly 30% said they wanted to lead a more environmentally friendly life, with a further 15% saying they want a simpler life.

"The survey shows that just because we can buy new goods, often at the touch of a button, it doesn’t mean we have to," added Ms Clarke.

"Borrowing something as simple as a lawnmower removes the need for the raw materials, the manufacturing and labour, packaging, transport and pollution which are part and parcel of buying a new one.

"Most of us have lots of useful items dotted around the house that we barely use - the new OLIO Borrow feature means that you can now make these items available for your neighbours to borrow for short periods of time, which feels great," she said.

The survey also showed that almost 70% of Irish OLIO users believe borrowing and sharing goods will make a significant difference, with just 6% saying it will not and a quarter unsure.