Tag Archives: consumers

Unilever aims for a cleaner planet (R. Brown)

Author

Rachel Brown

Keywords

Environmental impact; Environmental policy; Manufacturing; Multinational companies; Product development; Washing facilities

Abstract

Considers the global manufacturer Unilever’s Cleaner Planet Plan, which aims to reduce the environmental impact of laundry through the design of innovative products, their efficient manufacture, and the motivation of consumers to wash clothes with lower water and energy inputs. Reflects on the company’s reduction of water use and carbon dioxide emissions, the monitoring of environmental performance, and its long term goal of continuing to reduce its environmental footprint while doubling in size.

Citation

(2010, Nov.) Environment in Business 20-22

Paper

Unilever aims for a cleaner planet

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Consumer preferences and the national treatment principle … environmental regulations … (E.B. Lydgate)

Author

Emily Barrett Lydgate

Keywords

Environment;Biofuels; Consumers; Environmental protection; International trade; Sustainability

Abstract

Considers, with reference to disputes involving the national treatment principle under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 art. III , whether consumer preferences for environmentally friendly products should justify emerging regulations.

Citation

(2011) 10(2) World Trade Review 165-188

Paper

Consumer preferences and the national treatment principle: emerging environmental regulations prompt a new look at an old problem

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The New Consumers: The Influence of Affluence on the Environment (N. Myers and J. Kent)

Author(s)

Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent

Keywords

Consumers, Consumption, Environmental impact

Abstract

The New Consumers: The Influence of Affluence on the Environment by Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent

While overconsumption by the developed world’s roughly one billion inhabitants is an abiding problem, another one billion increasingly affluent “new consumers” in developing countries will place additional strains on the earth’s resources, argue authors Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent in this important new book.

The New Consumers: The Influence of Affluence on the Environment examines the environmental impacts of this increased consumption, with particular focus on two commodities – cars and meat -that stand to have the most far-reaching effects. It analyzes consumption patterns in a number of different countries, with special emphasis on China and India (whose surging economies, as well as their large populations, are likely to account for exceptional growth in humanity’s ecological footprint), and surveys big-picture issues such as the globalization of economies, consumer goods, and lifestyles. Ultimately, according to Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent, the challenge will be for all of humanity to transition to sustainable levels of consumption, for it is unrealistic to expect “new” consumers not to aspire to be like the “old” ones.

Cogent in its analysis, The New Consumersissues a timely warning of a major and developing environmental trend, and suggests valuable strategies for ameliorating its effects.

Citation

Norman Myers, Jennifer Kent, The New Consumers: The Influence of Affluence on the Environment (Island Press, 2004)

Book

The New Consumers: The Influence of Affluence on the Environment

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