Survey reveals China’s growing desire for green products
According to 2012 DuPont research, Chinese consumers express greater confidence that green products are better for the environment than North American consumers who were surveyed in 2011.
When asked about their confidence that green products are better for the environment, 70 percent of Chinese consumers surveyed said they were either very or somewhat confident. A similar survey of North American consumers released in 2011, showed that 65 percent of Canadians and 60 percent of Americans were confident that green products are better for the environment.
The new survey released by DuPont revealed a growing understanding of green products among urban Chinese consumers and confidence in the environmental claims made by manufacturers of green products. The findings reflect the potential for green products in the world’s largest consumer market and how this demand could help China meet its sustainability targets, according to DuPont.
In the DuPont China Green Living Survey: Consumer Awareness and Adoption of Biobased Products, DuPont found that a majority of Chinese consumers are likely to purchase apparel, personal care, hygiene and household products made from biobased ingredients that offer environmental benefits. These “green” products use ingredients that are composed of biological or renewable agricultural materials, rather than synthetics, and are biodegradable. Since biobased ingredients, such as enzymes, often replace petroleum-based ingredients, they help reduce reliance on non-renewable resources, DuPont contends in its announcement.
While just four in 10 Chinese surveyed said they are very or somewhat familiar with green products, most urban Chinese consumers agree on the factors that make a product “green” and accept that biobased products meet the criteria. The findings also noted that higher-income Chinese consumers were more familiar with and receptive to green products as well as biobased products.
Characteristic Percentage Who Agree it is Definitely or Likely Green
Contains recycled material 84%
Made from renewable materials 84%
Use less energy to produce 84%
Requires less energy to use at home 76%
Requires less water to use at home 74%
Use less water to produce 73%
“The survey demonstrates a growing awareness and desire among urban Chinese consumers for green products that offer sustainability benefits,” said Jeremy Xu, vice president, global sales and applications, DuPont Industrial Biosciences. “Greater adoption of biobased products in China could help the country reduce its energy intensity and carbon emissions and advance a new era of green manufacturing.”