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Sara Lee: saves pounds by losing less than an inch

Sara Lee, a provider of consumer goods, has announced a small reduction in packaging size, shrinking the plastic tub that contains one of its products by less than a quarter of an inch. While this may seem like a minor change, it and others like it could bring about a great difference in making the firm's packaging more sustainable.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Sara Lee: extending ethical coffee business offers recession resistance

Sara Lee Corporation has announced a significant expansion in its ethically certified coffee business for 2009. This positive strategy contrasts the recent downward revision in its full year forecasts and expectations of harsh conditions ahead. Ethical products arguably possess a degree of recession resistance, offering Sara Lee a potential source of value-added sales in an otherwise tight market.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Nov 2008
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CommentWire

Redditch City Council: using waste heat from a crematorium to cut costs

Redditch City Council has announced a bold and environmentally friendly cost-cutting measure which has spread unease among much of the wider UK population. A new sports center, including a swimming pool, could be heated economically by utilizing waste heat from the council's crematorium. However, the council needs to think bigger if the scheme is to develop into a veritable symbiosis project.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2011
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CommentWire

P&G: one step closer to becoming a zero-waste company

As part of its long-term environmental vision, P&G has announced that its manufacturing facility in Auburn, Maine, is the company's ninth global site to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status to date. However, P&G's move towards becoming a zero-waste company is unlikely to resonate among consumers, given the equally ambitious environmental targets frequently set by rival FMCG companies.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2010
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CommentWire

New alliance highlights growing market for sustainable lighting products in Asia

The strategic alliance between Nichia and Sujana Energy is part of an ongoing trend whereby LED manufacturers are shifting their focus away from mature markets and toward emerging ones like India and China. This trend, which has seen lighting majors like Philips and Havells Sylvania launch their LED offerings in India, will continue alongside growth in Asia Pacific's sustainable lighting market.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Japan's aging population is good news for companies offering green products and services

Japanese consumers are very environmentally aware, with a green outlook that largely translates into corresponding behavior. Indeed, only around 5% are distinctly non-green. Companies that provide environmentally sound offerings will be able to access the sales potential of Japan's older population in particular, as the over-55s show the greenest attitudes.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Sep 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Italy and Spain to see further strong growth in out-of-town retail

Despite the credit crunch, significant opportunities for retail development in the European out-of-town arena remain, with potential for rapid growth in the Mediterranean countries. Going forward, these opportunities will become harder to find. In the south, prime locations get snapped up, while in the north, the focus will be on redeveloping older sites and making existing space work harder.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2008
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CommentWire

Ice: loyalty scheme for green products triggers a whole new climate debate

Loyalty cards have transformed consumer practices since Boots, Tesco, and the Nectar scheme introduced generous reward policies. Information gathered through these cards builds extremely accurate profiles of consumer habits and increases the success rate of direct marketing. How exactly will the green consumer benefit from the new Ice loyalty scheme and what effect will it have on the environment?

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2011
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CommentWire

Feed-in tariffs in Germany: consumers are paying the price for renewable energy development

The German Renewable Act has successfully increased renewable energy capacity from 6% of total generation capacity in 2000 to 16% in 2009. However, in order to compensate for higher demand, lower wholesale prices and last year's levy deficit, German consumers will have to foot a bill of E13.5 billion in 2011. This should be a warning to other countries of the immediate costs of such policies.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2010
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CommentWire

Energy efficiency becomes a valuable proposition for the UK's local councils

With the 2020 EU emission targets looming, public and private sectors face mounting pressure to be more energy efficient. While large corporations have generally appeared more proactive, many SMEs and councils have struggled to see the economic sense of energy efficiency. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council however has demonstrated the economic and political value of practical green initiatives.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2010

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