One of the major trends shaking up the retail industry in 2019 is “zero waste”. This year we are seeing an increasing number of stores taking it upon themselves to do their bit for the environment by putting zero-waste policies in place. In addition to this, many new zero-waste and packaging-free grocery stores are popping up in cities and towns across the world. For today’s more socially-conscious customers, it’s clear that sustainability sells.
What Is Zero-Waste?
The zero-waste movement aims to eradicate as much waste as possible. The overarching goal is to stop waste from winding up in environmentally-harmful landfills and incinerators or, worse yet, in the ocean. Those who practice zero-waste can reduce the amount of waste they produce through a combination of reducing the amount of waste they produce in the first place and by making their waste management practices more sustainable.
How Do Zero-Waste Stores Work?
Zero-waste stores aim to be as packaging-free as possible, so customers must bring their own containers. Customers fill these containers with their desired quantity of goods from bulk-style bins and dispensers. When possible, products are sourced locally and are produced in an environmentally-friendly way.
The Business Benefits of Going Green
Research indicates that there are many business benefits to be had by improving your store’s sustainability. Going zero-waste has buckets of promotional value to your store and is an excellent means of bringing in new, eco-minded customers. It may also bolster retention rates as today’s customers are likelier to stay to brands that act sustainably and ethically. Furthermore, it could boost your store’s average transaction amounts as many consumers are prepared to pay a premium for green products.
The Zero-Waste Retail Revolution
To discover more about the rising trend for zero-waste stores, you should check out this infographic which comes courtesy of the team at The Cleaning Services Group.
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