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The majority would pay more for environment-friendly products

Although consumers consider price and quality to be the paramount criteria, more than half of them would be willing to pay more for recyclable and sustainable products, a new international survey by Accenture has found.

According to the global service company, 89 percent cited quality and 84% cited price as considerations that effect their consumer choices. 83% believe that reusability and recyclability are very important factors.

72% of respondents purchase more environment-friendly products than they did 5 years ago, while 81% believe that they will buy more such products
in 5 years.

According to the report, the chemical industry has the least favourable reputation in that respect, although according to estimates, in the United States alone the extension of technologies for the reuse of plastics could generate several billion dollars of extra revenue.

The survey was conducted in April 2019, asking six thousand people in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, China, India, Indonesia and Japan.

Accenture concluded that the data indicate that sustainability is having an increasing effect on the operation of companies, and those who neglect it could be left behind Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Accenture

Flygskam: air travel revisited

Aviation is fast, practical, comfortable, and available to ever larger groups of people. On the other hand, among all forms of transport, it has the largest carbon footprint by far. In Sweden, a new movement has started urging people to consider other means of travel before purchasing airline tickets.

How climate change transforms our eating habits

What will we eat when climate change disrupts traditional agriculture? In her new book, The Fate of Food, environmental journalist Amanda Little deals with a topic that we will all have to face in the near future as a result of climate change.

New investment option: a dedicated portfolio of green bonds

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Climate change: is humanity in a vicious circle?

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Strange tactic against single-use plastics

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The wealthy should do their part

The wealthy segment of humanity must do more against climate change, said Swedish environmental activist Great Thunberg in a speech at a Stockholm conference.

The psychology of the waters

Many studies have shown that time spent in nature, fresh air and a green environment has benefits not only for our bodies but also for our souls and minds. In addition to mountains, forests and meadows, waterfronts are particularly attractive destinations.

Shocking amount of microplastics consumed by humans

People ingest an annual average of at least 50 thousand microplastic particles per year, and they also inhale a similar amount, according to a new study. The health effects of the digestion of microplastics is as yet unknown, but we may assume that they do release some toxic materials.

Tracking blackwater and greywater

The freshwater reserves of Earth are at an increased risk from large-scale environmental pollution and wasteful water use: the quantity of available drinking water is gradually dropping, while its quality deteriorates. And yet, instead of saving it, we use drinking water to flush our toilets, although greywater would be quite suitable for that purpose.

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