A study conducted by Cardiff University has revealed that 89% of the UK public wants all packaging to be recyclable.
The research was conducted on behalf of the Centre for Industrial Materials, Energy and Products (CIEMAP), and published in partnership with Green Alliance.
Almost 75% of the population wants the government to ensure that companies make repairable and recyclable products.
The study also stated that government policies resulting in products with good packaging design are believed to reduce the most carbon emissions.
Around 87% of people believe that society should use resources more efficiently, while only 0.4% of people believe that there is no need for this.
Green Alliance resources senior policy adviser Libby Peake said: “People are frustrated by unnecessary, unrecyclable packaging and shoddy products that don’t last.
“The government has a clear mandate from the voting public to make sure these become things of the past.
“It will not only be hugely popular with the public but will also have a new route to tackling climate change.”
Researchers noted that products without a long life upset 65% of people while 81% believe that businesses should offer repair, maintenance or disposal support for their products.
The study concluded that redesigning products to use less material and reducing packaging could lead to reduced emissions by nearly 20% and will rise to nearly 40% if products have a longer life.