Waste Prevention & Education

Monthly theme: Sustainable Business

May is Sustainable Business month. Learn more about how you can get involved in tackling this sustainability challenge. And make sure to sign up for the Waste Wise News e-newsletter and follow Waste Wise Lane County on Facebook and Instagram to stay in-the-know!

Fast facts 

  • The sustainability-conscious consumer segment rebounded to make up 22% of shoppers worldwide in 2023, after dipping to 18% in 2022. They’re projected to spend a total of $1 trillion by 2027. (Kantar)
  • Products marketed as sustainable have grown 2 times faster than those not marketed as sustainable. (NYU Stern)
  • Brands with more sustainable products in their lineup enjoy more loyalty from customers (with 34% coming back for more) than brands with few sustainable offerings (27%). (McKinsey)
  • 8 out of 10 people are open to paying a 5% premium for sustainable goods. (PwC)
  • Gen Z (1995-2012) and Millenials (1983-1994) show the highest consideration for sustainability, at 94% and 93% respectively. (ESW)
  • Surprisingly, it’s Gen X (around 1960 -1983) who are most likely to pay more than any other generation for sustainable items, at 78%. Across the board, willingness to pay a price premium of 10% has increased. (First Insight)
  • Climate change remains a top three concern for Millenials and Gen. Other causes for worry are cost of living and unemployment. (Deloitte)
  • 77% of companies say their sustainability initiatives increase customer loyalty. 63% have seen growth in sales. (Capgemini)
  • Environmentally focussed startups are twice as likely to survive as their non-conscious counterparts through their early development. (University of Trento)
  • Reducing material waste through zero and low-waste policies can help to improve operating profits by as much as 60%. (McKinsey)

Information provided by: https://thesustainableagency.com/blog/sustainability-facts-and-statistics-for-business-owners/

Test your sustainable business knowledge

Compete against other readers and see how you fare with a short online quiz.

Click this link, choose a nickname, and play. The game will be active all month. 


Waste Wise Tip: Does your biz want to take the next sustainability step? BRING can help

Click this link to hear Kelly Bell, Lane County Master Recycler Program Coordinator, share about a transformative resource available to local businesses hoping to be more efficient & sustainable: the Rethink Business program available through BRING.


Wasted food prevention resources

Beyond Toxics
beyondtoxics.org

Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative Rebate Program
https://www.blachlylane.coop/conservation/energy-efficiency-rebates/residential-rebates/

BRING Rethink Business Program
bringrecycling.org/rethinkbusiness

Buy Nothing Project
buynothingproject.org

Central Lincoln (Florence) Residential Rebate Programs
clpud.org/energy-efficiency/residential-rebate-programs

City of Eugene Incentives for Green Building
eugene-or.gov/4213/Incentives-for-Green-Building

City of Eugene: Sustainability at Work
https://www.eugene-or.gov/507/Sustainability-at-Work


ECycleOregon
https://ecycleoregon.org

Emerald People's Utility District Energy Incentive Programs
epud.org/energy-efficiency/energy-incentive-programs

ethical consumer
ethicalconsumer.org

EWEB Rebates & Savings
eweb.org/rebates-and-savings

Fix-It Lane County
fixitlanecounty.org

Good with Money
good-with-money.com

Guide to Used Goods in Eugene-Springfield
https://ow.ly/60li50QN5ep

Lane Electric Cooperative Energy Efficiency Programs
laneelectric.com/programs-services/energy-efficiency

Lane County Emergency Preparedness
https://ow.ly/yl7W50PAVEr

Lane County Utilities and Weatherization Programs
https://ow.ly/mBGU50Roxqy

Lane Electric Weatherization Improvements
laneelectric.com/programs-services/current-programs/


Lane Transit District Business Resources

ltd.org/group-pass


Make the Switch
maketheswitchnow.org

Mighty Deposits
mightydeposits.com

NextStep Recycling
nextsteprecycling.org

Pacific Power Savings & Energy Choices
pacificpower.net/savings-energy-choices/home.html

Springfield Utility Board Rebates & Loans
subutil.com/conservation/for-your-home/rebates-loans


State of Oregon Solar + Storage Rebate Program
oregon.gov/energy/Incentives/Pages/Solar-Storage-Rebate-Program.aspx

Take the Jump
takethejump.org/system-change

Waste Wise Lane County Business Resources
lanecountyor.gov/wastewise-business

Waste Wise Lane County Sustainable Event Resources 
lanecountyor.gov/wastewise-events

Waste Wise Sustainability Guide for Lane County

Order Free Recycling Boxes & Decals

Order free recycling boxes & decals.

Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act Information

For more information about Senate Bill 582 - Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act, view more.


WasteWise App

Recent Publications