Are Women Really Attracted to Men Who Recycle?

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If a new study on recycling is to be believed, then Earth Day and its mission may have more than just an environmental effect on your life. A national survey of Americans, conducted by PepsiCo, found that recycling "makes you more attractive" to humans.

The numbers estimate that more than 50 million Americans said they would be "turned off" by someone they're on a first date with who doesn't recycle. Additionally, 40 percent of participants stated they would have a more positive opinion of someone after learning that they recycle — which is a higher percentage than participants who would be impressed by someone who exercises regularly, has a graduate degree, a prestigious job, or a "hefty bank account," according to the same survey.

The results, sourced from 1,141 people – whose own answers more than likely reflect that they also want to be considered attractive – chalk the relationship between the environment and dating success up to one thing: being considerate. Research backed the notion by reporting that nine out of ten Americans say they're looking for that specific trait in a partner, and 58 percent of recyclers apparently have it. (How you test a recycler's considerate nature was not disclosed).


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So to put the findings to the test (and to see if putting our bottles in the right bin really could score us a date) we surveyed women across New York City to see what they really thought about guys who recycle. Here's what we discovered (Hint: maybe invest in a blue bin):

"It's the right thing to do. If you're not doing it, I think you're a little inconsiderate. You don't get a ton of points if you do, but you lose a ton of points if you don't." – Miranda S.

"I typically don’t recycle myself, so it doesn't matter to me. I'm not looking to see whether or not a guy puts something in the garbage or recycling. I would rather have someone who is a gentleman—who opens doors for someone or who pays for a first date." – Jennifer E. 

"I went on a date with a guy who brought a recyclable bag. I thought it was cool."  – Hana A. 

"I think it’s sweet and considerate. I like it when a man recycles." – Lisa T. 

"I don't think I've ever considered a man recycling — it's not a factor for me." – Kaitlyn S. 

"A long term boyfriend of mine recycled and went to great efforts to recycle — like driving four miles with all of our glass. I guess that was attractive, but it's definitely not in my top 10, or even top 50 list of 'what is attractive in a man.'" – Catherine C.

"I think men are just smarter if they recycle. I don't think it's a matter of being more attractive or less attractive, it's just something that you should do. And if a man does that, then they care more about the environment, so that's a good thing." – Diana E. 


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"I'd say no — I mean, just because he recycles doesn't make a man more attractive than another one. But it can mean that he is sensible and he is smart. It would be part of the whole package if he recycles." – Adima E.

"Recycling shows that a man cares about the environment and that he cares about himself as well — it just shows that he's more caring." – Diana A. 

"Men who are recycle are more attractive to me because I feel like they care more about future generations and what is going to happen with them." – Giselle A. 

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