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World Consumer Rights Day: promoting sustainable consumption and ethical production

World Consumer Rights Day: promoting sustainable consumption and ethical production

This March 15th, Orangutan Alliance would like to recognise World Consumer Rights Day 2018. A time to bring awareness across the world to unsafe, unfair and unethical practices that affect consumers. 

“Do we really need always to be able to just get anything we want at any time just because we pay money for it? And do we ever think about the often forced child labour that’s been used to grow some of these foods so that we can get them cheaply because the labour is cheap or even not paid for at all?”

Dr Jane Goodall, Environmentalist, Researcher (Chimpanzees)

Consumers International (for almost 60 years) has been tirelessly campaigning for consumer rights all over the world, and we at Orangutan Alliance are especially interested in consumer rights relating to the ethical conduct of producers and promoting sustainable consumption.                  

So what are consumer rights?

Apart from the fundamental right to access essentials (sufficient food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, public utilities, water and sanitation); consumer rights also include the right to be protected against products, production processes and services which are hazardous to health or life.

And who polices consumer rights?

In a sense we all do. Consumer Rights are outlined in the United Nations Guidelines on Consumer Protection and are recognised internationally by the governments of UN member nations. But it’s up to us to let our governments know we take those consumer rights very seriously.                  

Orangutan Alliance is a consumer interest group

As a consumer interest and and product certification organisation, Orangutan Alliance is currently advocating for greater transparency in product labeling. We believe consumers have the right to know exactly which ingredients are used in the products we buy, as well as how they have been sourced.  

If you’ve been following our work you’ll know that we are raising awareness on the environmental costs of conflict palm oil and in the absence of transparency consider palm oil free options. In several countries, it’s almost impossible to know if palm oil has been used or even how its sourced during manufacturing.

What are these funny names listed below?

Oh they’re just a few of the MORE THAN 200 ways palm oil can be listed on a product label. Why not use World Consumer Rights Day to write to your local member of government and ask that palm oil be clearly labeled on consumer products and refer to your own rights to be given the facts needed to make an informed choice.

GLYCERIN

GLYCERIN OR GLYCEROL (442)

GLYCERYL DISTEARATE

ISOPROPYL PALMITATE

ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE

SORBITAN ISOTEARATE

SORBITAN LAURATE

SORBITAN MONOGLYCERIDE

SORBITAN MONOLAURATE

+ 200 more

Sustainable Consumption

Consumers International and World Consumer Rights Day also promotes  sustainable consumption (which we at Orangutan Alliance also support). Sustainable consumption is all about doing more with less and being a more responsible consumer.

 

“There is no definitive way to be a ‘sustainable and responsible consumer’. This can simply mean reconsidering a purchase; fixing or reusing an existing product; or choosing a product certified as having a beneficial environmental or social impact.”

Consumers International

 

Orangutan Alliance PALM OIL FREE Certification

Consumers International suggest that choosing products certified for positive social impact is a big part of being a sustainable and responsible consumer. If you aren’t already aware, Orangutan Alliance can certify consumer food, household and beauty products as 100% palm oil free. Why not use World Consumer Rights Day 2018 as your catalyst for change. Switch to ethical brands or fully traceable supply chains. Take a stand against deforestation. And a stand for the future safety of orangutans and other vulnerable species.

Take a stand for consumers everywhere

Orangutan Alliance is all about the promotion of consumer rights, ethical trading, clear product labeling.. To find out more about our work and palm oil free certification, read our blogs or visit our website www.orangutanalliance.org. Choose with your BUY. Join us.

FOOD AND DRINKS TRENDS 2018 - full disclosure on food tops the list

Do you are a friend who has an online shop or food business? Are you interested on what's new food trends are forecasted for the next year?  Then you should read this post. Mintel, a global market intelligence agency has recently published their consumer food and drinks futures trend for 2018.

They have found similar consumer sentiments to our own research here at Orangutan Alliance HQ, regarding the rise of consumer demand around ethical and environmental labelling for products.

Full disclosure on food continues to be high on the agenda as is individuality and sustainability. We have listed below some general themes from their report.

1. Full Disclosure

Full disclosure on food labels is a growing trend that is here to stay.

Internationally, consumers are looking for transparency in the supply chain not just for health and safety reasons but also for ethical and environmental reasons. Many consumers around the world lack trust in regulatory systems and manufacturers because of product recalls, scandals and suspicion.

Ethical and environmental claims on packaging such as environmentally friendly, palm oil free, animal and human welfare claims has seen a rise of 22% between 2016 and 2017.  Consumer skepticism has seen the need for food and drink manufacturers to be forthcoming about their ingredients, production processes and supply chains.

According to Mintel, Food and drink transparency serve a single purpose – to help consumers feel more confident about the safety and purity of the food and drink they purchase.

While this report was primarily done for food, we are seeing a similar trend in the beauty sector.

2.  Self Care

Consumers are looking for ways to escape stress and overwhelm in their lives, and are trying to focus back on self-care and balance.   They are developing their own definitions of what a healthy diet and lifestyle means and what permissible indulgence is. Manufacturers are responding with products that try and achieve health and indulgence.  Products following this trend include chamomile infused drinks that mix relaxation and indulgence and super juices that provide a healthy boost.

Generally consumers try to eat healthily using more natural and nutritional ingredients of fruits, vegetables, grains, and spices, but balance good food, with a healthy indulgence of occasional treats that provide relaxation and self care properties.

3. New Sensations

Encounters that appeal to multiple senses can provide consumers with relief from routine and stress. This includes feast with your eyes experiences that generate like worthy social media posts.  Texture and colour continue to be a big trend in 2018 as food and drink companies use the allure of ingredients like turmeric, matcha , activated charcoal, chunky yoghurt, tapioca pearls to create vibrant drinks and “share” worthy experiences.

4. Preferential Treatment

In the bid to save time and money consumers are sampling a variety of channels and technologies when shopping for food and drink. They are looking for prompt, affordable delivery, ease of automatic replenishment and simplicity of synchronisation with devices.

Busy consumers are attracted to e-commerce sites, apps and a variety of online and mobile options.  Technology is helping with effortless shopping, convenience and personalised recommendations.  Retailer apps will grow and continue to assist with curated content to personalise selections based on on previous purchases or search preferences.

5. Scientific Solutions to Food Supply

Some forward looking companies are developing solutions to replace traditional farms and factories with scientifically engineered ingredients such as laboratory grown meat, plant based burgers and animal free dairy. These new solutions aim to potentially alleviate some of the pressure that our global food supply is under.

While currently this trend is growing in more environmentally focussed consumers, researchers believe it will also appeal to consumers who are concerned about ingredient purity.

 

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