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.
At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
The US Congress has extended an important tax credit for solar energy, a move that’s good news for future investments in this type of alternative energy and for many stakeholders in the solar industry.
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