cfl small - Environmental Effect on Consumers Concern about the environment and global warming is not only influencing how consumers live their lives, but also impacting their buying habits.In a consumer survey taken in advance of Earth Day (April 22) by BuzzBack Market Research, 72 percent of those asked said they used energy efficient light bulbs and 57 percent said they purchased recycled products. But much work still needs to be done to change attitudes among consumers as less than 10 percent say they buy products only from “green” companies.BuzzBack conducted a survey among 1,141 people in the US and United Kingdom to learn how they are changing their lives to be more “green” or environmentally conscious. About half of those surveyed agree completely/somewhat “that the environment is the most important issue, and are willing to make sacrifices such as convenience, comfort or cost savings in order to support the environment.”When it comes to using products to improve the environment, US consumers say they do the following more often than not:

  • 72% use energy efficient light bulbs
  • 70% turn down the thermostat
  • 71% recycle paper
  • 68% turn off electric appliances rather than leave them on stand-by
  • 67% take more showers than baths to conserve water
  • 57% recycle glass
  • 57% purchase recycled products
  • 55% purchase recycled paper
  • 51% purchase refill products
  • 38% use less household chemicals
  • 36% walk short distances rather than drive
  • 31% buy organic fruit or vegetables
  • 20% take fewer flights
  • 15% buy organic meat
  • 6% only buy products from companies they consider Green
  • 4% use a hybrid car

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