SUSTAINABLE BRANDS ANSWER THE CONSUMER CALL

Regardless of generation or gender, the environment matters to consumers. 

In one study of 2000 Australians, the researchers found that the top three overall social and economic concerns for the respondents were plastic waste, toxic chemicals and our oceans. The same study also found that 56% of people are actively searching for sustainable brands and products that support causes or have environmentally friendly attributes. As many as 6 in 10 will pay more for said products. 

56% of people are actively searching for sustainable brands and products that support causes or have environmentally friendly attributes.

Equally, in another recent study on sustainability in Australia, 46% of people reported that they had stopped buying particular products due to their environmental and societal impact. 48% of people wear their choices with pride, believing that sustainable purchases are a statement of who they are and what they believe in. 

At Unique Health Products, we are proud to distribute products from a large range of sustainable brands that are leaders in providing choices to address the environmental concerns of consumers.

Sustainable brands using recycled packaging

RECYCLED PACKAGING

The statistics on plastic packaging are frightening. In Australia, one million tonnes of our annual plastic consumption is single-use plastic. And it’s not going unnoticed. 83% of people are concerned by plastic waste. 

Ethique is on a mission to #giveupthebottle and revolutionise the beauty industry. To date, Ethique’s solid bars have saved more than 10 million bottles from entering landfill. The commitment from this brand to being plastic free extends right across the business. Not only are the bars plastic free, but they also use compostable packaging.

Acure is another sustainable brand, already firmly committed to sustainable and natural products, now taking further steps by removing unnecessary outer box packaging. 

Similarly, household cleaning brand, Earthwise, has pledged that by 2025, 100% of their packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable. They are transparent on their progress and dedicated to making positive environmental change.

Sustainable brands that consider the full product life cycle

THE FULL PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE

The Australian Packaging Covenant has set a target for 100% of product packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. There are many brands that are going further than that to create products that not only use sustainable packaging, but the product itself is compostable. 

This approach of considering the full product life cycle caters to the growing consumer market that is concerned with their waste footprint.

PATCH is one such sustainable brand with their innovative, compostable Bandages. Not only are the PATCH Bandages made from 100% natural bamboo fibre with the added goodness of activated charcoal, aloe vera and coconut oil, but the Bandages, and their packaging, are also 100% compostable. The result is a product that is good for people and the planet. 

Using bio-plastics, the Biotuff range of Bin Liners, Kitchen Tidy Bags, Nappy Waste Bags, Disposable Gloves, Cling Wrap, Sandwich Bags and Dog Waste Bags are biodegradable and compostable. Plastic bags can take between 20 and 1000 years to decompose, not to mention the other environmental impacts they can have for our oceans and animals. 

Sustainable brands that make reusables

REUSABLES

According to Euromonitor, the Australian ‘throw-away’ culture is being replaced with an increased movement towards reusable and refillable containers and products. 

Ever Eco was an Australian pioneer as the first brand in the country to introduce Stainless Steel Drinking Straws. They have continued to lead the reusables industry and have since expanded their range to include a large number of reusables including Water Bottles, Clothes Pegs, Produce Bags, Kitchen Storage and more.

Also in the reusables market, Honeybee Wrap creates 100% organic cotton, eco alternatives to plastic wrap that can be reused time and time again. 

But it’s not just food and drink related products that are driving the reusables boom. The Hello Cup replaces pads and tampons as a reusable period product alternative. Made from medical grade thermoplastic elastomer, it can be used for years, helping to reduce the 45 billion single-use period products that end up in landfill each year. 

Sustainable brands that use sustainably sourced ingredients

SUSTAINABLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS

In one study conducted by IBM it was found that 73% of the research participants want more than simple sustainability claims from the brands they buy. They want details about sourcing and the traceability of products and ingredients. Of those people, 71% are willing to pay a premium for products that provide that information.

This is the kind of transparency that RXBAR was founded on. Not only does every RXBAR contain clean and responsibly-sourced ingredients, those ingredients are proudly visible, front and centre on the product packaging. 

The Ginger People are also steadfastly committed to sustainably sourced ingredients and have developed strong partnerships with their farmers to ensure this. By working with family farms around the world in locations such as Peru, China, Indonesia and Fiji, they create opportunities for the local people and follow bio-diverse farming practices. 

Ethical sourcing is also a principle that guides the production of Dr Organic Skincare and Hair Care. The natural and plant extracts are sourced from around the world to produce luxury products that don’t cost the earth.  

Sustainable brands with carbon neutral operations

CARBON NEUTRAL OPERATIONS

77% of consumers are concerned about climate change. They are looking for the brands they purchase to take positive action towards reducing their carbon footprint. 

CLIF is a leader in this space, having achieved their goal of carbon neutral business operations, operating on 100% green power for electricity at all CLIF facilities. Not only this, they also sustainably source their ingredients and they are committed to reaching a goal of 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.

Sustainable brands showing environmental innovation

ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION

There are also many sustainable brands that are identifying innovative ways to target environmental issues.

Take People4Ocean as an example. Their range of suncare products were designed by marine biologists to be not only reef safe but also target common skin concerns related to sun exposure. 

Another brand innovating for good is Natural Evolution. What started as an accidental discovery when Natural Evolution founder and second-generation banana farmer, Robert Watkins, drove over a hand of lady finger bananas has turned into a booming brand. Not only do Natural Evolution Banana Flour products have an array of health benefits, using the bananas to produce flour also helps with the issue of farmers discarding excess bananas that were unwanted by the supermarkets. 

CATER TO YOUR ECO CUSTOMERS WITH OUR SUSTAINABLE BRANDS

Whatever the environmental concerns of your customers, at Unique Health Products we have brands to cater to their needs. As a retailer you can make a statement about your sustainability goals and commitments by stocking your shelves with these innovative, eco-friendly brands. 

These sustainable brands and many more are available 24/7 in our online store, or alternatively you can call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here.

6 HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRENDS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The beauty of the digital age is that we have so much data at our fingertips to guide decision-making in business. You don’t need to guess the wellness trends… because you can see the trends unfolding in the data right before your eyes.

Using data from Google Trends and keyword research tool, Ubersuggest, we’ve done some digging to analyse six health and wellness trends that have significantly impacted the industry over the last five years, and how you can make the most of those trends in your business.

KETOGENIC DIET

The keto diet has steadily grown in popularity over the last five years. In recent Roy Morgan research, 24% of people surveyed indicated that eating a low-fat diet is important to them. This was down from 39% in 2000. The researchers suggested that this change in the way people look at food could be due to the rising popularity of the high-fat keto diet. 

Each month, more than 90,000 people in Australia search ‘ketogenic diet’, 74,000 search for ‘keto diet’ and 1,000 search for ‘keto diet vegan’ or ‘keto diet vegetarian’. Interestingly, in the last 12 months, there has also been a 50% increase in search volume for ‘keto friendly snacks’. 

The opportunity: Educate your customers on the benefits of keto, tied to your keto offering. If you want to increase your keto range, brands like Keto Naturals, The Monday Food Co, PBCo. and Vitawerx have a strong keto market presence. 

Image Source: Google Trends

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Research consistently shows that today’s consumers are concerned about the environment. This is supported by the Google Trends data, which shows movement in an upwards direction for searches related to the environmentally friendly topic. 

So, what exactly are they searching for? The list is long, but there is strong growth in search volume where it matters most to you:

  • 450% increase in ‘earth friendly cleaning’ and 60% increase in ‘eco cleaning products’
  • 200% increase in ‘eco friendly products’
  • 160% increase in ‘eco friendly gifts’ and 90% increase in ‘eco gifts’

The opportunity: In a climate where 2 in 5 consumers want brands to offer more sustainable/durable products, it’s time to not only increase your offering but also share your own sustainability initiatives with your customers, such as what you are doing to minimise your plastic waste and packaging.

In the eco-friendly gifts market, Summer Salt Body and Sow ‘n Sow are well established brands. Similarly, for eco-cleaning products with brands such as Earthwise, Bon Ami, Koala Eco and Planet Luxe

Image source: Google Trends

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

The facts on single-use plastic and plastic waste are frightening. It’s no wonder that this is a trending topic of concern. 

With government moves in some states to ban certain single-use plastics and commitment at a federal level to phase out products such as single-use plastic straws and utensils, awareness of the topic is sure to grow. 

On the topic of drinking straws alone, there were huge increases in search volume over the five year period:

  • 1,900% increase for ‘reusable straws’
  • 1,110% increase for ‘metal straws’ and for ‘silicone straws’
  • 800% increase for ‘steel straws’

The opportunity: Embrace the rise of reusables and zero-waste products by minimising your use of single-use plastic bags and packaging and increasing your eco-offering with brands such as market-leader, Ethique as well as Ever Eco, Joco and Huskee.

Image Source: Google Trends

VEGANISM

Plant-based diets are on the rise. Whether it’s vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian, search for veganism and related terms is increasing. In the last five years there has been a 160% increase in search volume for ‘plant-based diet’. 

Every month more than 27,000 people search for ‘veganism’, 5,400 for ‘plant-based diet’, 1,600 for ‘plant-based meat’ and also for ‘veganism vs vegetarianism’ and 590 for ‘plant-based diets benefits’. That is a significant volume of search with an educational intent. People are curious about plant-based eating.

The opportunity: Cater to this growing market with a range of plant-based products and provide education on plant-based eating. Innovation and flavour are the key here with brands such as Upton’s Naturals, Flexible Foods and Plantasy Foods for plant-based meat alternatives or even J. Luehders vegan candy. 

Image source: Google Trends

ORGANIC NEAR ME

There are two elements to this trend. The first is the rise of interest in organic food. The second is the shift in local search.

In the last twelve months alone, Google search frequency for ‘organic food’ increased by 190% and each month 590 people search for ‘organic skincare Australia’. Awareness of the benefits of organic is rising which is driving the shift.

The opportunity: For local businesses and shopfronts, ensure your Google My Business profile is up to date. For eCommerce stores, organic is a trending topic so highlight your organic products. This is also a good opportunity to increase your organic range with brands like Planet Organic and Eclipse Organics

Image Source: Google Trends

IMMUNITY

Within the health and wellness industry, immunity is one of those topics that is always prominent. In the last 12 months, immunity related keywords have seen high search volumes:

  • 6,600 searches for immune system
  • 4,400 searches for immunity
  • 3,600 searches for immunity booster
  • 2,900 searches for immunity boosting food

Anecdotally, we are also hearing that consumers are increasingly on the lookout for immunity-related products. While you can expect peaks for this during cold and flu season, this might start to even out throughout the year, depending on global events.

The opportunity: Capitalise on the immunity trend with innovative and high-quality supplements that provide natural immune system support. Brands like IMUNI, Eden Healthfoods, Martin & Pleasance and Comvita cater to this market. 

Image Source: Google Trends

STAY ON TOP OF THE LATEST WELLNESS TRENDS WITH UNIQUE HEALTH PRODUCTS

We’ve been distributors in this industry for more than 25 years. We are always ahead of the wellness trends so you can bring the latest innovations and new products to your customers. You can shop online with us 24/7 here, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t have a wholesale account with us yet, you can register for one here.

ECO-CONSCIOUS CLEANING THAT DOESN’T COST THE EARTH

Proudly made in NZ since 1967, Earthwise is New Zealand’s pioneering brand of eco-friendly laundry, dish and cleaning products. And now they’re here in Australia! 

Providing great value and proven performance, Earthwise has been voted one of New Zealand’s favourite brands and rated number one for working towards reducing their environmental impact.

Pioneers in the eco-friendly cleaning space, Earthwise have a simple purpose: to create products that are better for people and for the world they live in. 

“At Earthwise we don’t set out to change the world but we do believe that every little bit helps. Together, we can make the small changes that can make a big difference”

Trusted in households all across New Zealand, the Earthwise range includes plant-powered, effective cleaning and laundry products that are tough on stains, dirt and grime but gentle on people and the planet.

They’re also kind to wallets! Eco-friendly cleaning has never been more effective and affordable with products available from as little as $4.95 RRP. 

Free from phosphates, nitrates, chlorinated bleach, ammonia and phthalates, the entire Earthwise range is: 

  • Greywater and septic tank safe
  • Cruelty free
  • Made with no harsh chemicals
  • Plant based
  • Biodegradable

FACT: The bottles in the cleaning range are actually made from a minimum of 75% recycled plastic – sourced from milk, water and juice bottles!

From the must-have, plastic-free, biodegradable Dishwasher Tablets and Laundry Liquid in a variety of fresh scents to the Multi-Surface Cleaner and Cream Scourer, all of your customers’ home cleaning and laundry needs are taken care of with this extensive range! 

If you’d like to add this effective, crowd-pleasing new range to your next order, you can shop here anytime. If you don’t already have a Unique Health Products wholesale account, you can easily apply online now or contact our friendly customer service team on 1800 787 904.

Green Clean

NOW THE FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING AND THE SUN IS SHINING, YOUR CUSTOMERS WILL BE SPENDING LESS TIME CURLED UP IN THEIR SLEEPY WINTER DENS AND MORE TIME SOCIALISING.

And so starts the season to be clearing the clutter and cleaning their way to a brighter, cleaner home.

Help make the prospect of a spotless home a lot more enticing, by offering your customers eco-friendly, green cleaning solutions to their dirty dilemmas. They’ll cut their cleaning time, while also cutting the chemicals!

3 MAIN BENEFITS OF GREEN CLEANING

1. Reduces exposure to airborne dust and toxic chemicals.

2. Reduced incidents of asthma attacks caused by dust and chemical allergens.

3. Reduces the negative environmental effects of toxic household cleaning products.

THE TOP 8 TOXINS FOUND IN COMMON, NON-NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS

1. Phthalates
Found in fragranced products such as air fresheners and dish soap.

2. Perchloroethylene or ‘Perc’
Found in spot removers, carpet and upholstery cleaners.

3. Triclosan
Found in many liquid dishwashing detergents.

4. Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or ‘Quats’
Found in fabric softener liquid/sheets and antibacterial household cleaners.

5. 2-Butoxyethanol
Found in window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners.

6. Ammonia
Found in glass cleaner and polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewellery.

7. Chlorine
Found in scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers and laundry whiteners.

8. Sodium Hydroxide
Found in oven cleaners and drain openers.

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THE TOP 5 THINGS  CUSTOMERS LOOK FOR IN A CLEANING PRODUCT

1. Performance
Products need to help complete the task quickly and to a high standard.

2. Cost-effectiveness
Those that effectively balance performance and cost are the products that will succeed best.

3. Ease-of-use
Anything that make cleaning quick and easy is favoured.

4. Environmental awareness
Customers are looking for greener products to help minimise their wider impact.

5. Fragrance and packaging
Differentiators such as attractive packaging or pleasant fragrances can influence purchasing decisions.

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3 FINAL CLEANING FACTS  YOU SHOULD SHARE WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS

1. Since World War II, around 85,000 new chemicals have entered the market by way of various products.^

2. Almost 70% of typical non-natural cleaning products contain harmful chemicals. ^

3. There are 62 toxic chemicals to be found in the average home. ^

^ Amorq, 2016.

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Check out Unique’s huge range of eco cleaning products from natural brands like Eco Store, Cinderella, Safix, Ecologic, Earthwise, Lemon Myrtle, Kin Kin Naturals, Eucoclean and Vrindavan. They’ll help your customers get the tough jobs done without the nasty chemicals.