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Business-Managed Democracy

“Business-managed democracies are those in which the political and cultural arrangements are managed in the interests of business”

Sharon Beder

Business-Managed Environment

Problems with Green Consumerism


greenwash symbolA major problem with green consumerism is the unwillingness of most consumers to pay higher prices for more environmentally sustainable products. Grail Research, a consumer research company, has found "that although 85% of US consumers claim they buy green, fewer than 8% actually do". Similarly a 2008 study funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council found that although 30% of consumers reported they were very concerned about environmental issues "the market share for “ethical foods”, one of the most visible segments of the green market, has yet to crack 5%."

Other problems include:

Misleading ClaimsIncreasing ConsumptionBit-Less-Bad TrapDifficult ChoicesLimited Choice

Source: 'Six sins of green washing', Plastic News, 16 December 2008.