Products of change. News

Sustainability drives business decisions

Thu 25 Mar 2021 | 09:31 am GMT
Jakki Brown | Products of Change Writer

Environmental concerns are high on the agenda of indie greeting card retailers

83% of independent greeting card retailers say sustainability has driven their business decisions. The issue of sustainability is most definitely high on the agenda of independent greeting card retail stockists. More than eight out of ten (83%) of indies state that environmental considerations have played a part in their business decisions over the last year, according to the findings from the recent Progressive Greetings Retail Barometer research survey. This continues a definite upward trajectory on the sustainable drive over the last few years, with the same question resulting in a 76% positive response in last year’s Barometer, which was up from 61% the year prior. Reducing the number of cellowrapped cards came out tops on the eco improvements front for indies in the last year, with the reduction of plastic bags coming in second spot, while the expansion of eco-products stocked jumped three places, taking it into the third position. Meanwhile, at a consumer level, indies feel that concerns about the environment definitely played a part in the general public’s buying habits over the last year compared to the years previous. While for 61% of respondents this change was ‘marginal’, for 14% it was considered to have ‘greatly’ impacted on their buying decisions. In response to their customer’s expectations, for the second year running, eco-goods claimed the top spot in the PG Retail Barometer as the product area that indies are planning to expand their selection. The results of the survey are published in Progressive Greetings magazine.
related articles
Tesco sets out climate manifesto

Retailer outlines five key areas of focus including cutting absolute emissions from energy and supporting the UK’s transition to electric transport.

Read More

Tue 30 Mar 2021 | 06:12 am GMT

Sainsbury’s collecting hard-to-recycle plastics

Trials rolled out at 63 Sainsbury’s stores to collect polypropylene (PP) plastics, typically used in salad bags, frozen food bags, biscuits and cake wrappers.

Read More

Tue 23 Feb 2021 | 12:55 pm GMT

Aldi trials refill station

Four household staples – basmati rice, brown rice, penne pasta and wholewheat fusilli – are available to buy loose in store at Ulverston, Cumbria, but if successful, will be rolled out to other stores.

Read More

Wed 14 Apr 2021 | 03:25 pm GMT

Aldi gives Easter eggs square bottoms

The supermarket is giving some of its Easter eggs a square-shaped bottom so they no longer need to be supported with inner plastic packaging, eliminating the need for plastic entirely.

Read More

Tue 23 Feb 2021 | 01:01 pm GMT

Most read stories
Kids will make a difference

The next generation is driving change according to Jonathan Watson, who presented at the Sustainability in Licensing Confernce (SILC) last month.

Read More

Thu 15 Jul 2021 | 06:20 am GMT

Green Software Foundation launched

Accenture, GitHub, Microsoft and ThoughtWorks launch the Green Software Foundation with the Linux Foundation to put sustainability at the core of software engineering.

Read More

Thu 27 May 2021 | 07:24 am GMT

Transforming textile use and disposal

Products of Change members had the chance to hear first-hand from WRAP about how its new Textiles 2030 roadmap will transform the way the UK uses, re-uses and recycles textiles.

Read More

Tue 20 Jul 2021 | 11:31 am GMT

Fashion firms pledge to count carbon

Shoe brand Allbirds and Doconomy, a Swedish fintech company, measure carbon footprint with innovative calculators

Read More

Sat 19 Sep 2020 | 03:16 pm GMT

Co-op and Hubbub to open community fridges

Major new partnership will see 100 new community fridges added to Hubbub’s network to reach 250 by the end of 2021.

Read More

Tue 25 May 2021 | 12:45 pm GMT

Be the change you want to see in the world

Looking at subscription services to save money and the environment

Read More

Fri 15 Jan 2021 | 07:55 am GMT

Products of Change quarterly meeting

Join other Products of Change members on 4 March for the first quarterly meeting of 2021, where you can hear all the updates from the group and the plans for…

Read More

Tue 02 Mar 2021 | 07:51 am GMT

Unilever commits to fair living wage

Ambitious commitments and actions include ensuring that everyone who directly provides goods and services to Unilever earns at least a living wage or income by 2030

Read More

Fri 22 Jan 2021 | 07:57 am GMT