Hartman Reports

Sustainability 2013


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  • See how companies can bridge the gap between the sustainable products consumers say they want and what they actually purchase by addressing consumer's barriers to purchase.

    As cultural observers, we have witnessed the profound evolution of the personal, social, economic, environmental, and business realities of sustainability in consumer's lives and corporate practices.

    As we noted in our landmark 2007 study, for today's consumer sustainability is not simply about living sustainably and saving the earth. While consumers associate a diversity of meanings with the term, the sustainability mindset involves a greater awareness of practices and products beyond sustainable attributes, including those perceived to impact the greater social and economic good. The notion of responsibility as doing the right thing has particular resonance with consumers in that it symbolizes an underlying value that guides their views about sustainability.

    Since 1989, The Hartman Group has been painting the evolving picture of the American consumer and providing data, findings and counsel to companies on consumer lifestyle, shopping and purchase habits, adoption pathways, and aspirations within the World of Sustainability.

    In Sustainability 2013, The Hartman Group provides a comprehensive update on our previous work and examines how the current consumer understanding of sustainability can be converted by companies into purchase transactions. The report provides a detailed analysis of several key product and channel categories and highlights key findings including how many consumers participate in sustainable behaviors and consider environment and social aspects at times in making purchase decisions, and those consumers willing to pay more for products with specific dimensions.

    Table of Contents

    • The World of Sustainability
    • Zones of Responsibility
    • Gateways
    • The Sustainability Gap: A Consumer Perspective
    • Sustainable Products: Category Deep Dive:
      • Food & Beverage
      • Personal Care
      • Household Cleaners
      • Pet Food
    • Sustainable Food Service
    • Sustainable Retail
    • Sustainable Packaging
    • Communicating Sustainability
    • Bridging the Gap: Recommendations

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