Spotlight on Eco-friendly Cleaning Products

Today’s consumers are more eco-conscious than ever before. Just like their food and beauty product choices, they’re clearing out their cleaning cupboards and making eco switches that are better for the planet.

According to IRi research, products with environmental claims on the packaging have seen 4.5 times faster growth than traditional alternatives. Plant-based, compostable and biodegradable claims perform particularly well.

In the dish soap category alone, 25% of consumers place eco-friendliness as a top consideration when choosing which brand to purchase. 

The Finder 2022 Green Consumer report also found that 69% of consumers are either somewhat or extremely concerned about their carbon footprint. This, combined with the growing plastic waste concern, points to what IRi refers to as a “refill revolution”. Consumers are choosing products like concentrates and large refill bottles that help to reduce waste.

Cater to the growing eco-clean market with these top eco-friendly cleaning products. They’re effective, kind to the planet, fresh smelling and are exactly what your customers are searching for. 

Earthwise eco-friendly cleaning products

Earthwise

One of the early players in the environmentally-friendly cleaning market, Earthwise has been providing green cleaning solutions for over 50 years. The naturally effective products are made in New Zealand with plant-based ingredients.

From the kitchen to the laundry, bathroom and general household cleaning, Earthwise also considers their products’ packaging. They are committed to making 100% of packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

With no silicones, parabens, phthalates or mineral oils, the range is cruelty free and made with plant-powered surfactants and essential oils. 

Ethique Concentrates

Ethique

Climate positive since March 2021, Ethique is globally popular for their range of top-selling Solid Bars. In recent years, Ethique has expanded into the cleaning market with Household Concentrates.

These mix easily with boiling water and can be stored in any reusable bottle. A single concentrate saves six single-use containers from landfill.

The ingredients in all Ethique products are sustainably produced, biodegradable, palm oil free, plant based and cruelty free. 

Bon Ami cleaning products

Bon Ami

A trusted brand for more than 130 years, Bon Ami is a nostalgic favourite that delivers an effective clean.

Free from harsh chemicals, Bon Ami Powder Cleanser can be used on multiple household surfaces, including countertops, bathtubs and sinks. 

ecyo dissolvable cleaning concentrates

ecyo

Founded by three Australian sisters, ecyo Dissolvable Pods are a convenient and effective waste-free solution.

Housed in recyclable and compostable packaging, the super concentrated Pods dissolve in minutes when combined with water. The formulas are guided by science, using plant-based, cruelty-free ingredients.

A simple alternative to reduce plastic waste, minimise carbon footprint and lessen waste anxiety, ecyo is available in a range of different formulations for the kitchen, bathroom and general cleaning.

Koala Eco eco-friendly cleaning products

Koala Eco

Made using Australian botanicals, Koala Eco products are biodegradable, natural, non-toxic, plant based and hypoallergenic. 

Free from any nasties, including sulphates, synthetic fragrances and petrochemicals, Koala Eco products are developed in collaboration with specialist chemists. Many of the products can also be purchased in a 1L refill size, catering to the “refill revolution”.

The modern packaging features hand-illustrated labels and is made from 100% recyclable PET. The products look as good as they smell and are just as effective too.

Planet Luxe environmentally-friendly cleaning products

Planet Luxe

Planet Luxe creates safe cleaning products that are free from harmful chemicals, vegan friendly, biodegradable and greywater safe.

The formulations are made using natural botanical blends, with ingredients like Australian lemon myrtle, rose geranium, bergamot and eucalyptus.  

The eco-luxe range includes kitchen, bathroom and laundry cleaning products and comes in simple and stylish packaging. 

Clean up your cleaning aisle

At Unique Health Products, we distribute a wide range of eco-cleaning brands and products. You can order online, anytime in our online shop or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904 If you’re a new Unique Health Products customer, you can register your account here.

Sustainable Gifts for Eco-minded Consumers

Current consumption habits carry a worrying environmental cost. To combat this, more and more shoppers are looking for ways to make eco-friendly choices, including buying sustainable gifts. They’re choosing to buy from eco-friendly brands, even if they have a higher price tag.

A global study, carried out by Ipsos found that Australians’ top three environmental issues are:

  • Global warming/climate change (44%)
  • Dealing with the amount of waste we generate (38%)
  • Future energy sources and supplies (35%)

Brands and businesses that embrace sustainability and innovate with eco-friendly products and packaging stand out from the competition.

The sustainable gifts category is a growing one. Particularly so for female shoppers who are looking for sustainable, ethical gifts for their loved ones and for themselves!

For retailers that want to increase their range of sustainable gifts, we’ve curated some of our top-selling brands. From Mother’s Day gifting to birthday gifts and everything in between, there are sustainable choices all year round.

Beauty and skincare

Eco luxe, eco beauty or eco friendly, whatever term is used, ‘eco’ is definitely ‘in’ when it comes to what consumers are choosing to put on their skin. Consumers are choosing clean, natural and organic beauty and skincare products which are also kind to the planet over other alternatives.

ACURE continues to stay on-trend, with in-demand products that are innovative and consumer-led. With different ranges for a variety of skincare concerns, they use the most potent, cutting edge, natural ingredients, to develop vegan skincare and hair care products that achieve visible results.

Regenerative brand Ethique has plenty of gifting options to choose from. The recyclable and compostable lip balm range makes perfect sustainable gifts. They also have dedicated gift bundles that each contain two top-selling solid bars plus the cute mini range, which are heart-shaped solid bars.

The range of soaps, candles, essential oils and skin and body care products from the Summer Salt Body range was made for gifting. With premium and attractive packaging, the products cater to a wide market of consumers who are interested in luxurious self-care and beauty.

Gifts for the home

The home gifting space has also had an eco makeover! From stylish reusables to 100% natural ingredients, the trend is a little bit luxe and a lot better for the planet. 

For meaningful, sustainable gifts that gardeners will love, the Australian brand, Sow ‘n Sow, is the answer. The Gifts of Seeds are quick and easy to grow, and make a great impulse sale at the registers. There are also Pop Up Pots and Tags, all with beautiful illustrations and made using environmentally-friendly materials. These thoughtful gifts are lightweight for convenient mailing.

Luvin Life’s range of products includes Crystal Water Bottles which appeal to health-conscious water lovers. Delightfully presented in retail-ready cylinders, they make ideal presents and stand out on the shelves.

Ever Eco continues to innovate with the use of on-trend colours and packaging, creating gifting opportunities with a range of premium, yet affordable personal and home care products, such as the first reusable straw for the Australian market, which remains a top-seller today.

Baby and kids

Consumers are searching for more and more sustainable products as a solution to the huge problem of pollution and plastic ending up in landfill. Parents can help to raise eco-aware children by choosing environmentally friendly gifts, which are safe for the earth as well as safe for little ones.

An ideal gift for kids is the Arigato Box, a bento-style lunchbox that is made from sustainable materials and designed to be easy for kids to use. It’s BPA free, leakproof and available in three different eye-catching, coastal designs.

For fuss-free gifting, Little Mashies has a range of handy reusables and kid-friendly silicone mealware which is fun and on-trend, with neutral and pastel tone options available. The platter plates and bright silicone straws make great gift options for younger kids and babies.

Earthwise Nourish Hippo Baby is an affordable and adorable range of baby bathtime products. With brightly-coloured, recyclable packaging, the products are free from harsh chemicals and enriched with the goodness of goat’s milk for cleansing and nourishing the skin.

Foodie gifts

For those health-conscious consumers or those who are looking for edible fair trade or sustainable gifts, we have you covered.

New Zealand brand, Bennetto is known for its decadent, premium chocolate which is organic, fair trade and vegan. The packaging is biodegradable and compostable and beautifully illustrated, providing a striking presence on the shelf and making a mouth-watering gift!

Buddha Teas uses fresh, high-quality ingredients to explore nature’s best qualities and enrich the lives of tea drinkers everywhere. The fresh, organic herbs and tea leaves allow the teas to stay pure and natural and free from chemicals. Minimal processing and eco-friendly packaging help to honour and protect the earth with every tea they make.

Chocolate lovers will adore Vego’s Vegolino Fine Nougat Pralines which are made using high quality ingredients such as Italian hazelnuts and cocoa cream. Vego has crafted what they call the world’s tastiest chocolate which is dairy free, vegan, gluten free, certified organic and Fairtrade.

Sustainable gifts sorted

You can stock your shelves with a selection of sustainable gifts from the Unique Health Products online store. In addition to the above, we have hundreds more brands that cater to today’s sustainably-minded consumers. Shop online, anytime 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.

Why is Supply Chain Sustainability so Important?

It’s a naive view to think that a business only needs to be concerned with the sustainability actions that happen within their four walls. Being in business today means not just having oversight of the environmental and ethical impacts across every part and stage of the business but also managing those impacts.

So, why is supply chain sustainability so important? Research suggests that for consumer products, the supply chain may amount to as much as 90% of the environmental impact.1 For businesses that want to proactively manage their ethical, social and environmental footprint the supply chain is a highly significant part of the story. 

Supply chain sustainability issues

Research on Google Trends data shows that searches for terms like “sustainable products”, “eco-friendly” and “environmentally friendly” have all seen a recent, sustained increase.2 Today’s consumers demand action and transparency. Research shows that as many as 60% of people are willing to pay more for eco-friendly products. But these consumers also expect brands to come to the table in driving serious change.3

That’s not to mention many of the other benefits of a focus on sustainability, such as cost-savings, better financial results and enhanced innovation.3 When you have a sustainable supply chain, you can make the most of the benefits of sustainability by truly integrating your efforts across every touchpoint within your business, either direct or indirect.

One of the biggest risks from supply chain sustainability issues arises when you don’t have complete visibility. You might be sure of what’s happening within your own operations but do you have that same level of visibility with your suppliers? Or their suppliers?

In one study, it was found that while many businesses had visibility of their first-tier suppliers, that is the suppliers they work directly with, they didn’t have the same for lower-tier suppliers.4

How to improve supply chain sustainability

For retailers, there are absolutely considerations around limiting resource consumption and waste. But there is also a need to stock brands that share the same sustainability values as yours.

Many of the brands we stock at Unique Health products are leading the way in sustainability and ensuring transparency with their own suppliers. Here are just a few examples. 

Ethique

As a B corp, Ethique is a brand with sustainability at the heart of everything they do. They have direct trade partnerships with producers where possible to ensure fair prices and environmental protection. They offset 120% of their carbon emissions and use cruelty-free and vegan ingredients.

CLIF Bar

CLIF Bar models their sustainability on the premise of thinking like a tree. That is, they use organic and sustainable ingredients, use renewable energy and eco-friendly packaging and transport their products in transportation that doesn’t pollute. This is part of their commitment to reducing their environmental footprint in everything they do. 

Alaffia

Built on the fair trade philosophy, Alaffia offers equal environment opportunities, pays a fair local price or wage along with healthy and safe working conditions, and engages in environmentally sustainable practices. They also reinvest product sales into empowerment projects in the local communities where they source their ingredients and make their products. 

Earthwise

Since their beginnings in the late 1960s, Earthwise has been committed to providing eco-friendly cleaning products and looking for innovative ways to reduce their environmental impact across the entire product life cycle. Their biodegradable, plant-based ingredients are grey water and septic tank safe, and packaged in recyclable packaging, much of which is made from 75% recycled plastic. 

PATCH

Recognised as one of the Best for the World B Corps in Environment in 2021, PATCH considers the impact of their everyday footprint across all areas of the production and supply of their Bamboo Bandages. The compostable bandages are made from sustainable bamboo with no latex and 100% compostable packaging. 

Boost your supply chain sustainability

We stock these leading brands and hundreds more across the natural health, fair trade, eco-friendly and organic categories. Each brand has their own sustainability story and values that can resonate with your customers and help improve your supply chain sustainability. Shop online with us 24/7, 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.

Sources:

1. McKinsey, 2016.

2. JP Morgan, 2021.

3. GWI., 2021.

4. Forbes, 2020.

5. Harvard Business Review, 2020.

Eco Christmas Gifts

Christmas is big business. Roy Morgan predicts that Australian consumers are set to spend more than $11 billion on Christmas gifts this year. 70% of people are planning to spend more on festive season gifts than they did last year.

At the same time, research continues to show that consumers are embracing sustainable brands in a big way. According to one global study, Australians are more concerned about climate change and dealing with the amount of waste we generate than the people of any other country. 

Not only are consumers keen to make more eco-friendly purchases, but they’re also willing to pay more to do so. With this trend towards sustainable purchasing, it’s wise to include eco-gifting options in your Christmas range. 

You’re in the right place for a taste of what’s trending in the world of eco Christmas gifts. Below you’ll find the brands that are topping consumer Christmas wish lists. Plus, to make it even easier, you can shop from our curated Christmas gift guide in the Unique Health Products online store

Beauty and skincare Christmas gifts

BEAUTY AND SKINCARE

We’re in the midst of a natural beauty “eco-lution”. Eco-luxe is definitely in when it comes to what consumers are choosing to use on their skin. They are preferencing clean, natural and organic beauty and skincare products over other alternatives.

This year ACURE has added a range of exciting, consumer-led products to the range. From Vitamin C Brightening products to a 100% Plant Squalane and the plant-based retinol alternative Bakuchiol Serum, these new products are on-trend and in-demand.

Regenerative brand Ethique also has a gifting collection. Each Gift Bundle contains two top-selling Ethique Solid Bars. The Minis are heart-shaped Solid Bars which also make excellent stocking stuffers. 

The Summer Salt Body range was made for gifting. With premium and attractive packaging, the range of soaps, candles, essential oils and skin and body care products cater to a wide market interested in self care and beauty. 

Home eco Christmas gifts

HOME GIFTS

From stylish reusable alternatives to 100% natural ingredients, the home gifting space has also had an eco makeover. The trend is a little bit luxe and a lot better for the planet. 

Ever Eco created the first reusable straw for the Australian market and it is still one of their top-sellers today. The rest of the range also offers great gifting opportunities with premium, powder-coated, stainless steel insulated mugs and a range of personal and home care products.

For meaningful gifts that travel well, Sow ‘n Sow is the answer. The Gifts of Seeds are lightweight and make for easy counter sales. There are also Pop Up Pots and Gift Tags, all with beautiful illustrations, that complement the Gifts of Seeds range. 

For stylish Diffusers and quality Essential Oil blends, The Goodnight Co. offers the gift of sleep. With fans such as Miranda Kerr, The Goodnight Co. is much-loved with a strong brand following. 

Eco Christmas gifts for kids

BABY AND KIDS

According to research from Unicef, 59% of children are concerned about climate change as a threat to their safety. 64% of 14-17 year olds are very concerned about plastic pollution. This is a generation of children who are very eco-aware and keen to see real change across the board… including in their Christmas stocking. 

Arigato Box is a new lunchbox alternative, made from sustainable materials and designed to be easy for kids to use. This is an ideal Christmas gift that carries well into back-to-school shopping post-Christmas. 

For younger kids and babies, Little Mashies has a range of handy reusables and kid-friendly silicone mealware in on-trend, neutral and pastel tones. Top-sellers all year round, they are simple to package up in Christmas bundles for fuss-free gifting. 

Earthwise Nourish Hippo Baby is an affordable and adorable range of baby bathtime products. WIth brightly-coloured packaging, the products are enriched with the goodness of goat’s milk for cleansing and nourishing the skin. 

Foodie eco Christmas gifts

FOODIE GIFTS

What’s Christmas without delectable treats? For those health-conscious consumers or those who are looking for fair trade or sustainable alternatives to gifts, we have you covered.

The Alter Eco range of Chocolate Blocks and Truffles are fair trade and organic, made with sustainably-sourced cocoa beans and premium ingredients. The new packaging redesign also helps the range to stand out on shelves with a bold new look. 

Another one for chocolate lovers is New Zealand brand, Bennetto. The organic, fair trade and vegan chocolate blocks feature beautiful illustrations on the packaging with a range of decadent flavours to cater to different tastebuds. 

With beautiful glass packaging, the Extraordinary Foods Pimp My Salad range is for a different kind of foodie. These salad toppers are vegan and keto-friendly and made from ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients. 

YOUR ECO CHRISTMAS GIFTS RANGE SORTED

You can stock your shelves with a selection of eco Christmas gifts from the Unique Health Products online store. In addition to the above, we have hundreds more brands that cater to today’s sustainably-minded consumers. Shop online, anytime 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.

Racing Towards Zero: The Climate Imperative for Business

Climate change. Originally the realm of science, has long been part of the global political conversation. But more recently there has been a shift. Businesses are stepping in and stepping up to help carry the weight of climate change.

There are many major Australian and global brands making serious climate change commitments. It’s a race to zero. And in this race, everyone’s a winner.

WHY NOW?

With bushfires, floods, sea levels rising and global temperatures on the up, consumers are more aware than ever of the need for climate change action. So much so that they’re prepared to change the brands they buy from if it will have a positive impact on the environment. 

Consumer research from Deloitte has shown that consumers are concerned… and they’re talking with their wallet. 42% of consumers have changed their spending habits in response to the environmental stance of brands they buy from. Interestingly, 21% of people have also encouraged other people to also make the switch. Younger consumers aged 18-24 are three times more likely to make these purchasing switches than the 65+ age group. 

It’s no longer simply a buying decision. Consumers have an expectation on brands to be active on environmental issues such as climate change and carbon emissions. 65% of consumers in the Deloitte research expect CEOs to do more in regards to sustainability and societal issues.

J.P.Morgan research also reveals that brands need to concern themselves with not only emissions from their own facilities and production but also across their entire supply chain. For consumer staples brands, these Scope 3 emissions, i.e. indirect emissions from sourcing and product disposal, can amount to as much as 95% of a company’s total emissions. 

The time to take action is now. 

MAJOR BRANDS, MAJOR COMMITMENTS

Across the globe, major brands are sitting up and taking notice. They are taking a stand to reduce their emissions. And they aren’t messing about. They are racing towards zero in a serious way.

What are some of the climate change commitments these brands are making?

Mars has committed to zero net carbon emissions, including Scope 3 emissions, by 2050. Part of their plan includes working with farmers on regenerative agriculture to overhaul their supply chains. 

In Australia, Coles Group has also announced a commitment to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. They also have a goal to reduce combined Scope 1 (direct emissions) and Scope 2 (indirect energy emissions) carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 with a move to 100% renewable electricity by 2025. 

Zero net carbon emissions by 2050 is also a commitment McDonald’s has made along with efforts in using renewable energy, moving towards regenerative farming, and switching to sustainable packaging.

The Climate Pledge has more than 200 signatories, including Coca Cola and PepsiCo who have all ambitiously committed to zero net emissions by 2040. 

TAKING ACTION THAT MATTERS

At Unique, we are proud to partner with brands and retailers who are committed to making positive change.

Ethique’s focus on regenerative business practices and CLIF’s commitment to people and climate action are two examples of this. As well as People4Ocean, Little Urchin and SurfMud producing reef-safe suncare, Ever Eco’s dedication to reducing single-waste plastic, and Earthwise’s move to recycled packaging. 

What each of these brands, and the hundreds of other brands we stock, have in common is their vocal commitment to causes that matter to their brand and customers. They are transparent about the journey they are on and show genuine dedication to bringing about positive change.

The tide is turning and it’s turning fast. Brands, both small and large, that don’t prioritise sustainability across their business and supply chain risk losing credibility and customers. This applies equally across manufacturers and retailers.

WITH YOU ON THE SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

No matter where you are on the journey of taking positive action on climate change commitments, we’re with you. We stock hundreds of natural, organic, fair trade and eco-friendly brands to stock your shelves with sustainable alternatives. Shop online, anytime, or call our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. If you don’t yet have an account with us, you can register for one here

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

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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. 

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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 Fragrances, Kin Kin Naturals, Eucoclean and Vrindavan. They’ll help your customers get the tough jobs done without the nasty chemicals.