When iconic ad man Martin Lindstrom starts preaching ethics and green sensibility, you know the writing is on the wall for business as usual in the marketing world. But it’s not really Lindstrom calling the tune here. He’s just the weatherman pointing out the massively changed consumer climate. In New Zealand, 88 percent of us want to buy more sustainable products and services according to Colmar Brunton’s B3W research 2010 & 2011, with spends increasing even in tough times.
The fine folk of sunny seaside suburb Devonport can now buy a $20 ‘carbon neutral meal’ from their local New World supermarket, and CarboNZero’s marketing and communications manager Kathryn Hailes says this initiative is a long-overdue acknowledgment of the growing number of Kiwi consumers who are now more discerning about their purchasing decisions.