NEW Eco-Friendly Buying Guide

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many of us to re-assess our lifestyles to prioritise health and wellness, and not just in regards to our health but that of the planet too. A recent Harris Interactive Survey highlighted that despite a re-surge in demand for plastic at the start of the pandemic amid concerns over personal and product hygiene, 33% of consumers believe plastic pollution has now become an even more important issue.

And it’s not just consumer resolve that has been strengthened, the Government, manufacturers, brands both big and small and retailers are all still committed to change. Which is why we have a big focus on zero waste in this updated version of our Eco-friendly Buying Guide, with information, tips, and helpful guidance on how Independent retailers can lead the way when it comes to zero waste sections in their stores.

The re-use and refill concept was originally pioneered by the health and whole foods stores of the 1970s and 80s, with the current momentum towards living a zero-waste lifestyle creating the perfect environment for a new, more hygiene-friendly, and tech-savvy version of those original stores. In fact, a poll by strategic insight agency, Opinium, showed that depending on age, between 65% and 80% of adults would shop from a refill station if the opportunity was offered. Proving that offering a zero-waste solution is a big business opportunity.

The main body of the guide is still packed full of the latest top-selling and innovative products in a number of key categories from brands which offer: sustainably sourced natural ingredients, ethical and eco-friendly production methods, recycled, biodegradable, and minimal packaging or unique re-usable solutions to everyday items. There’s also a handy tick-box reference for each brand’s eco-friendly credentials, as 69% of consumers are more likely to buy if they have clear information detailing the sustainable attributes of a product*.

*Global Web Index Study of 2,264 UK internet users aged 16-64