Indians Prioritize Spending on Sustainable Products & Contributing to Local Businesses

87 percent of Indian adults surveyed always or often purchase sustainable products.
Indians Prioritize Spending on Sustainable Products & Contributing to Local Businesses

Indians want to leave an impact on the planet by prioritizing spending on sustainable products and contributing to local businesses, as per the American ExpressTrendex report. 87 percent of Indian respondents always or often purchase sustainable products and 97 percent are interested in spending money on items that will have a positive impact on local businesses and communities, which is highest among all the other surveyed countries.

The survey further reveals that 98 percent of Indian respondents want to spend money on items that will help build low-carbon communities around the world. 97 percent think all products should be required to be environmentally friendly while 96 percent think about the impact on the planet when making purchase decisions. Encouragingly, 92 percent of Indian adults surveyed are willing to pay a premium for sustainable products with growing awareness of the benefits of sustainable products. For 43 percent of Indian adults surveyed, increased product availability and a better understanding of the product benefits are key motivators to purchase sustainable products in the future while for 37 percent, it is a better price point.

Manoj Adlakha, SVP and CEO, American Express Banking Corp India said, “Indian customers are making conscious decisions and shifting their buying patterns by prioritizing spending on sustainable products thereby contributing to local businesses and leaving a positive impact on the planet. Ever since the pandemic hit the world creating an irreversible impact on millions of people around the world, people are becoming increasingly mindful about the purchases they make and the impact that will create for generations to come.”

Key Insights:

Giving Back to the Environment - 98 percent of Indians surveyed wish companies would make it easier for them to reduce their carbon footprint whereas 97 percent of surveyed Indians will be more loyal to a company/brand that works to address environmental issues.

Preferring Sustainable Products - 92 percent of Indian adults surveyed are willing to pay a premium for sustainable and 94 percent of those Indian adults that would pay a premium say they would pay at least 10 percent more for sustainable products while 29 percent are ready to pay 50 percent more for sustainable products and 23 percent of them even higher than 50 percent. In terms of categories, 96 percent of Indians surveyed, one of their goals in 2022 is to make more sustainable choices when purchasing clothes, tech products, eating food, and while traveling, and 86 percent of them have already started shopping at second hand or consignment retailers rather than purchasing new items to reduce environmental impact. When making decisions about where to dine out, more than half (55 percent) of Indians surveyed consider the number of plant-based options available at a restaurant.

Endorsing for Sustainable Products - About 97 percent of surveyed Indians would like to shop more with a company that takes action to reduce the impacts of climate change and is more likely to trust brands that work to address environmental issues.

Awareness about Sustainable Issues - Indian adults surveyed have become more focused on a variety of sustainability topics this past year with air pollution (96 percent) and recycling, renewable energy, and climate action (95 percent) gaining the most interest.

GenZ/Millennials More Sustainability Conscious - 57 percent of surveyed GenZ/millennials respondents are more likely to plan on purchasing sustainable products this year to help reduce their environmental impact. 72 percent of GenZ/millennial Indians surveyed are more likely to talk to their children about environmental issues.

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