Consumers Demanding Eco-Products Globally

Countries Around The World Willing To Pay Extra For Eco-Products – UK Amongst Top!

A recent survey by Nielsen, asked more than 29,000 internet respondents in 58 countries about eco-products and their buying behaviour. Overall, it showed that one in four UK consumers are choosing more environmentally-friendly products despite their higher prices. Also, 3 in 5 consumers in Singapore wait for new products to undergo testing/approval (i.e. to know they are safe/eco-friendly) before purchasing them. Organic-labels.jpg

The UK trend reflects a global surge in interest in environmentally friendly products with the proportion of consumers prepared to pay more to protect the natural world more than doubling to 46% last autumn from 22% in spring 2011, according to Nielsen.

Asia-pacific consumers (55%) are the most likely to buy eco-friendly products regardless of price, followed by their counterparts in Middle East/Africa (51%), Latin America (46%), Europe (37%) and, finally, North America (30%). The global average is 46%.

Indian and Vietnamese consumers are the most likely (both 71%) to choose more eco-friendly options, despite the extra cost, followed by Turkey (68%).

Some 60% of Russians say they let environmental concerns determine which products they buy, putting them amongst the most likely Europeans to do so. This is around twice as many as in other key European economies such as Italy (34%), Sweden (32%), Germany (28%), France (25%) and Spain (23%).

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Organic Labelling – What Does It Really Mean?

We have all seen that “USDA Organic” label on our food products, but what does it really mean anyways? If you look for one thing on an organic product, LOOK FOR THIS LABEL!  Indeed, this is the MAIN “organic” label you should be looking for when buying organic products because a lot of the other ones don’t follow as strict of standards and can even sometimes be fake (i.e made “by the company” themselves) and are used just as a marketing tool but not follow any sort of regulations or guidelines.

Below you will find an info-graphic on what it means to be “USDA Organic” certified.

Key pointers here are to watch for the “wording. For example, “100% organic,” “organic,” “ingredient panel only,” and “made with organic ingredients” all mean different things.  Additionally, when you see fruits and vegetables that are organic, this means they have been grown without (1) pesticides (2) synthetic fertilizers (3) sewage sludge (4) genetic modifications and (5) ionizing radiation. Furthermore, farm animals (i.e. organic meat) are raised without (1) antibiotics (2) growth hormones and (3) non-organic feed.

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Natural Remedies For Insect Bites

With all this great summer heat unfortunately comes insects. The problem today is that most insect repellants all contain so many harsh chemicals (i.e. DEET) and often make you feel kinda gross while out in the heat.

Below are a list of some natural alternative insect repellents, some may even surprise you:

Basil – Commonly known for its use as a “spice” in North America, but elsewhere it is used extensively in medicine, particularly in India. Indeed, Indians rub the leaves on their skin as an insect repellent, and Africans do the same.

Best Natural Remedies For Insect Bites

Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemuum muticum) and Pennyroyal – Both of these herbs contain “pulegone”, a powerful insect repellent. Pennyroyal is the more popular of the two, and it has a long and honorable history. In fact, pennyroal goes back to the first century A.D. when people discovered that it was effective against fleas. However, based on personal experience, I would say “mountain mint” works better than penyroyal.

How to apply: Just pick some leaves and rub them on your skin and clothing. Note: don’t use either of these if you are pregnant, as these herbs have been known to increase the risk of miscarriage).

Citrus essential oils: Something about citrus, and plants with citrus-like aromatic qualities, repels insects. The info-graphic below will help you understand how powerful citrus essential oils can be when used as a natural insect repellent.

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