North Americans and Europeans express the least interest in switching to plant-based food and are currently the least likely to say they follow vegetarian diets. The largest gaps between interest in plant-based eating and current habits can be seen in the Latin American countries surveyed.
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And how brands can help break the disastrous cycle. The culture of unconscious consumption may finally be shifting. Conversations around sustainability have become mainstream, forcing retailers across categories to rethink their approaches to sustainability. The recent GlobeScan Healthy & Sustainable Living report finds there is strong interest in sustainable shopping, particularly among Gen Z consumers. When compared to baby boomers plus, Gen Z in the U.S. is significantly more interested in buying products secondhand (71% versus 34%), bringing their own … “Report: Inside Gen Z’s Conflicting Passions for Both Sustainability and Shopping”
As South Africans continue to experience frequent power outages, over three-quarters of South Africans (77%) believe the use of renewable energy will probably or definitely become widespread in the next decade. The energy crisis in South Africa has resulted from aging power infrastructure, mismanagement of the state-owned electricity company, and a lack of investment in new power generation capacity. However, most South Africans are optimistic that the country can soon turn to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. … “Insight of the Week: 77% of South Africans Believe Renewable Energy Use Will Be More Common in the Next Decade”
Across the 31 countries surveyed, nearly half of people (47%) at least somewhat agree that environmental problems are negatively affecting their health. People in the Global South are experiencing the highest rates of negative health impacts from environmental issues, particularly in Egypt and India where air pollution is often severe in urban areas. Globally, people living in cities and those under 30 years old are particularly likely to “strongly agree” that their health has been negatively affected by environmental issues. … “Insight of the Week: People in Egypt and India Report Highest Rates of Negative Health Impacts from Environmental Issues”
Consumers in the African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American markets surveyed are significantly more likely than those in Europe and North America to say that social media influences them to become more environmentally friendly. Looking at age groups, the younger people are, the more likely they are to claim that social media influences their behavior in this area. Note for country list: Africa / Middle East markets include Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa; Latin America markets include Argentina, Brazil, … “Insight of the Week: Social Media Is More Likely to Influence Consumers in Emerging Markets to Live Sustainably”
Around the world, younger generations are much more likely than older ones to feel guilty about their negative impact on the environment. This highlights a significant generational gap among consumers and suggests that younger and rising generations may have higher expectations of brands to help reduce impacts on the environment. Source: GlobeScan Healthy & Sustainable Living Consumer Research (survey of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)
Most of us are aware of the term “greenwashing,” i.e., the process of conveying a false impression or giving misleading information about the environmental credentials of a company’s products or services. It remains an all-too-common practice in markets everywhere, as executives use sustainability initiatives to project confidence, boost followership, and gain a commercial edge. However, failing to be upfront and transparent or making unsubstantiated claims is becoming increasingly risky for companies. The likes of Hyundai, Shell, Innocent Drinks, and Oatly … “Are Your Customers Worried about Greenwashing?”
People are increasingly feeling personally affected by climate change and many are connecting the dots between climate change and rising food prices, according to the latest GlobeScan Healthy & Sustainable Living (HSL) Global Consumer Insights study. Food prices had been steadily rising long before the Russian invasion of Ukraine put pressure on imports of food staples like cereals, wheat, and oilseed. The 2019 outbreak of swine fever in China saw a huge jump in inflation. A year later, COVID-19 caused … “People Are Experiencing the Impact of Climate Change through Higher Food Prices”
One of the most challenging aspects of sustainability continues to be how to best engage and mobilize consumers in sustainable living. Watch recordings from our recent regional webinars to explore findings from the Healthy & Sustainable Living 2022 research study, a program to help organizations engage consumers on wellness and sustainability issues and enable healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Our annual survey of almost 30,000 people across 31 markets helps brands understand shifting preferences and behaviors related to healthy and sustainable living, … “Webinar Series | Healthy & Sustainable Living 2022: Engaging Consumers in Sustainability”
Among those who have seen sustainability messaging from brands, strong majorities across the world trust their sustainability marketing communications. While there are valid criticisms of greenwashing by policy makers and NGOs, consumers broadly continue to trust sustainability messaging. Source: GlobeScan Healthy & Sustainable Living Consumer Research (survey of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)
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People under 30 are much more likely than older consumers to recall brand communications on the environment. Younger generations are more receptive to messages from companies than older consumers. As expectations evolve, brands need to understand the expectations of Gen Z and Millennials. Source: GlobeScan Healthy & Sustainable Living Consumer Research (survey of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)
Rising inflation and the soaring costs of energy and food are beginning to bite for households everywhere. In Europe, the large majority of households have had to cut their spending, and most say they expect to have to cut it further in the near future. In the UK, as many as one in seven adults claim they cannot afford to eat every day. It is a similar picture in the USA, where the highest inflation rates in four decades means American … “Climate Change Second-Only to War as Global Concern”
More than half of people across the world believe that sustainable lifestyles will be commonplace in the next decade, while fewer than two in ten say it will not happen and around a quarter remain unsure. Those who are optimistic about sustainable lifestyles in the future are much more likely to state a strong desire to live sustainably and to have already made major changes to their lifestyle. Source: GlobeScan Healthy & Sustainable Living Consumer Research (survey of 29,293 people … “Insight of the Week: More than Half of Consumers Say That Sustainable Lifestyles Are Likely in the Next Decade”
In every product category, consumers say that environmentally responsible alternatives are priced at a premium. Price remains a significant barrier to wider purchase and use of environmentally friendly alternatives. To be the easy choice for consumers, sustainable products need to be properly valued (price, quality, benefits). Source: GlobeScan Healthy & Sustainable Living Consumer Research (survey of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)
Two in three people now say they are willing to reduce their consumption by half to avoid environmental damage and climate change, especially those who have worried children at home, according to a new global consumer survey. The research shows that global concern about climate change is at an all-time high and that a majority of people living with children under the age of 18 say their children are very worried about environmental problems and climate change. People living in … “Report: Two in Three People are Prepared to Halve Their Consumption to Help Save the Planet”
One of the most challenging aspects of sustainability continues to be how to best engage and mobilize consumers in sustainable living. In a three-part series of webinars, we dove into key findings from our latest global consumer insights research on healthy & sustainable living and exploring how brands can play a role in inspiring consumer action and behavior change. We invite you to watch the recordings below, which feature a great line-up of speakers from Akatu Institute, CVS Health, IKEA, … “Webinar Series | Healthy & Sustainable Living: Engaging Consumers in Sustainability”
Enabling consumers to live more healthy and sustainable lives is not only crucial for our collective future, but also an enormous opportunity for brands to build more trust, loyalty, and engagement with consumers. The Healthy & Sustainable Living global consumer insights research program was launched in 2019 to help companies better understand, engage, and mobilize consumers in this exciting yet challenging area of consumer engagement in sustainability. The 2021 study is the largest yet including over 30,000 interviews across 31 … “Five Consumer Insights to Activate Healthy and Sustainable Living in Asia-Pacific”
The significant challenges that we have collectively faced over the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have once again put humanity to the test, and if the start of 2022 is any indication, we will need this resolve to navigate what could be another challenging year ahead. We have re-calibrated over the past 24 months, only to start from scratch and prioritize our personal and professional goals. Living with the changing shades of the pandemic is now a given. … “The Increasing Relevance of Leading a Healthy and Sustainable Lifestyle in India”
Akatu Institute and GlobeScan recently hosted a webinar to explore the 2021 edition of the Healthy and Sustainable Living global consumer insights research program, with a focus on findings for Brazil. At the event, Helio Mattar, President of Akatu, and Álvaro Almeida, Director of GlobeScan Brasil, presented the main findings of the research, which aimed to deepen the understanding of: how the topic of Healthy and Sustainable Living is understood by Brazilian consumers barriers and triggers for best practice behavioral … “Webinar | Healthy & Sustainable Living in Brazil”
Findings from the latest Healthy & Sustainable Living Global Consumer Insights study shows that the public cares more than ever about a range of environmental issues – water pollution, natural resource depletion, climate change, air pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Individuals around the world also feel personally affected by climate change. In addition, people express a strong desire to make changes to the way they live, especially those under age 30, yet there remains a large aspiration-action gap when it … “Despite Record Levels of Environmental Concern Across the World, Large Gap Remains between Aspiration and Action When it Comes to Sustainable Living”
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GlobeScan’s latest global opinion research, in collaboration with Akatu Institute, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, CVS Health, IKEA, Levi Strauss & Co., PepsiCo, Reckitt, Visa, and WWF International, and locally in Mexico with Global Compact Mexico, Nestlé, and C&A, shows that many people are keen on healthy and sustainable living, but few are able to execute. People say they need business and government to help, not least by providing products and services that make healthy and sustainable living easy … “Webinar | Healthy & Sustainable Living in Mexico”
In GlobeScan’s 2020 Healthy & Sustainable Living survey of global consumers, 74% said they agree that they need to consume less to preserve the environment for future generations, vs 66% in 2019. But opinions are mixed when it comes to shopping secondhand, renting or leasing items — pointing to the persistence of that pesky intention-action gap. A perfect storm is emerging that points to a growing need for a more circular economy. Read the full article on SustainableBrands.com
Next month, GlobeScan and its growing set of brand partners will conduct their latest annual Healthy & Sustainable Living survey of roughly 30K people across 30 markets to explore consumer motivations, needs and expectations; as well as opportunities for influential organizations to support healthier and more sustainable living. Over the past year, COVID-19 has disrupted lives all around the world. Due to lockdown, our daily habits have changed dramatically in a very short time — but it’s impossible to say … “Will Sustainable Consumer Behaviors, Attitudes Persist Post-Pandemic?”
GlobeScan is once again joining forces with a range of committed partners – Akatu Institute, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, CVS Health, IKEA, Levi Strauss & Co., PepsiCo, Reckitt, Visa, and WWF International – to conduct our annual Healthy & Sustainable Living global consumer research study. Building on the insights from the 2019 and 2020 studies, this year’s research across 30 markets will help identify opportunities to close the gap between peoples’ desire to live more sustainably and to … “Purpose-driven Brands and Civil Society Join Forces with GlobeScan to Help Consumers Live More Healthy and Sustainable Lives”