- Half of UK consumers willing to pay more to avoid plastic packaging
- Paris fights smog with biggest ever EU electric bus purchase, 800 e-buses to replace diesel
- Experts Predict Dairy Industry Could Disappear in 10 Years
- New study claiming electric cars are dirtier than diesel debunked
- ‘Nude shopping’ boosts vegetable and fruit sales dramatically
1) Half of UK consumers willing to pay more to avoid plastic packaging
Eight in 10 consumers are trying to reduce their plastic waste and half would be willing to pay higher prices for eco-friendly packaging, according to a survey that highlights the impact of the Blue Planet documentary and the campaign to reduce such rubbish. The research by YouGov shows 46% of people in the UK feel guilty about the amount of plastic they use, which is motivating them to consider changes in their behaviour, including paying more so companies will find alternatives to single-use plastics. The Blue Planet effect: the plastics revolution is just the start | Fiona Gell Read more The sense of guilt was most pronounced among young people: 51% of positive respondents were in the 18-24 age bracket, and the least pronounced (43%) among people in their late 40s and early 50s. Shoppers’ efforts to reduce purchases of products in plastic packaging were focused on the fresh fruit and vegetable aisle (81%), following by household and cleaning products (36%), homeware (32%), health, oral and hair items (27%) and cosmetics (18%). Fifty per cent said they would be willing to pay a higher price for goods in biodegradable packaging.
2) Paris fights smog with biggest ever EU electric bus purchase, 800 e-buses to replace diesel
Paris’ public transport operator announced it has ordered up to 800 new electric buses for the capital city, replacing older diesel buses in the process. City transport operator RATP said the electric buses would be used to fight smog prior to the 2024 Summer Olympics, according to AFP . Paris will host the Olympics in July-August 2024. RATP said three separate firms won the tender to supply the buses — Heuliez Bus, Bollore and Alstom. The deals are worth “up to 400 million euros” ($450 million). It’s the biggest bus purchase of its kind in Europe. RATP said it would buy an equal number of buses from each supplier, though it’s unclear how if the city is ordering exactly 800 buses. The report did say “up to 800” buses, so perhaps 798 will be the final number (though we’re just speculating here). The transport operator will buy 150 buses first, with deliveries expected “between the end of 2020 and 2022.”
3) Experts Predict Dairy Industry Could Disappear in 10 Years
Dairy sales drop while vegan options like Miyoko’s cheese are climbing Consumers are growing weary of dairy. Sales of milk continue to drop – recent data released by the Dairy Farmers of America showed a $1.1 billion loss in revenue for the dairy industry in 2018 — an eight percent drop over 2017. The decline is far more systemic and dire for dairy producers in the U.S. and across the globe — milk consumption is at a fraction of where it was in the early 2000s. According to USDA data, milk sales declined by 22 percent between 2000 and 2016. Those numbers are down significantly from the 1970s and 1980s. The Milk Industry Declines “[B]y the time the famous ’90s-era ‘Got Milk’ advertising campaign hit the airwaves and pages of magazines, liquid milk sales were already on the decline,” NPR’s The Salt reports. And despite the health halo that surrounded milk, particularly for children — a myth that still permeates the nation’s school systems today — by the 1970s, research was beginning to point to the health risks connected to consuming dairy.
4) New study claiming electric cars are dirtier than diesel debunked
Electric vehicle detractors are rejoicing after a new study from the Munich-based IFO Institute for Economic Research is claiming electric cars are dirtier than diesel, but the study is already being debunked for being extremely flawed. Automakers and the fossil fuel industry have often pushed the idea that electric vehicles are worse for the environment than diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles because they are powered by dirty electricity. Studies looking at overall emissions based on electricity generation have actually debunked this and showed that electric cars are cleaner and becoming cleaner as renewable energy is becoming a more important part of the electric grid. Studies have been done specifically showing that EVs are cleaner than diesel no matter which European grid electricity you use.
5) ‘Nude shopping’ boosts vegetable and fruit sales dramatically
A New Zealand grocery store chain has jumped on the package-free bandwagon and discovered what a boost it gives to sales. When a number of New World stores ditched plastic wrapping and foam trays, sales of fresh vegetables and fruit jumped by an impressive 300 percent. Nigel Bond, who owns a New World store in Christchurch, told the NZ Herald that removing packaging totally changed the shopping experience. “When we first set up the new shelving our customers were blown away. It reminded me of when I was a kid going to the fruiterer with my Dad, you could smell the fresh citrus and spring onions. By wrapping products in plastic we sanitise and deprive people of this experience; it (dispensing with plastic) was a huge driver for us.”