According to a study conducted by the branding firm Landor Associates, 58 percent of the general population doesn't care if the products they buy are environmentally friendly. This group doesn't care about green practices such as recycling, corporate social responsibility or natural and organic ingredients.
Only 25 percent of respondents consider themselves "green interested," meaning that while members of this group are concerned about the environment, they are not active in its defense. The remaining 17 percent consider themselves "green motivated," meaning they feel it's very important for a company to be environmentally responsible.
Green-motivated consumers base their purchase decisions on whether or not a brand reflects green behavior in its packaging, ingredients and corporate practices.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
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