Eco-friendly foods are increasingly becoming a must-have for the consumer as demand for sustainable food and beverages continues to grow, according to a new report from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The council, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote green building practices, surveyed more than 1,200 retailers, restaurants, and retail businesses across the country and found that consumers are increasingly looking for green products.
The study found that more than 80 percent of the companies surveyed said that they are looking for products that are environmentally friendly.
“We’re seeing more and more brands are incorporating eco-products into their business plans, which helps their bottom line,” said Jana Leopold, the UCC’s executive director.
“More and more, people are finding it important to purchase environmentally-friendly goods.”
The UCC found that over the past five years, consumers have spent an average of $1,000 per year on eco-conscious foods and beverages.
Of those purchases, almost half went toward items that are eco-responsible, including green-certified food products and green-finished goods, such as compostable toilet paper and compostable packaging.
“The trend is to make a product that’s eco-neutral, or at least a ‘green’ one,” Leopolds said.
“If we’re buying something that’s made in a sustainable way, it’s better for the environment.
So if you’re buying a green product, you’re getting a lot of benefit.”
The council also found that many businesses are working with retailers to offer green products to shoppers, including on products that have been certified by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
This means that the products that go into the products are certified for a variety of environmental concerns, including water use, waste disposal, air quality, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
“When it comes to environmental issues, we think consumers are getting it right, and are making the right choices,” said Mark Cushman, EWG’s senior director of sustainability.
“There’s been a trend in the past couple of years for companies to start talking about how they are going to be eco-focused and environmentally friendly.”
The report found that retailers that offer green options also have more customers who are buying eco-consumers’ products.
This is especially true for retailers who are looking to make eco-related purchases such as outdoor gear, clothes, and furniture, as well as those that offer eco-oriented products in their stores.
“A lot of businesses are now looking to take the consumer-centric approach to sustainability,” said Leop.
“Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental issues that they’re going to face, so they want to make sure that their purchases are eco, environmentally responsible, and have a positive impact on the environment.”
The study also found many businesses have begun to integrate eco-minded materials and materials into their products.
“People are taking eco-sourcing seriously and looking for a product to be environmentally responsible,” said Cushmans.
“That’s a huge trend, because many of the retailers are taking advantage of the fact that consumers have started asking for it.”
According to the EWG, one in four consumers are likely to be aware of climate change and that climate change impacts on the U-Haul trucking industry are already impacting the UAC’s own trucking operations.
“Many retailers and brands are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint, and many are now using eco-toxic materials and eco-conventional materials in their supply chains,” said Jeff Beyer, president of EWG.
“With eco-responsibility, companies are making eco-safe products, and the result is that the consumer is being more eco-aware.
We have a huge opportunity to make our industry more eco friendly.”