Sustainability in UK Retail, 2019: Case Studies and Consumer Attitudes -

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The "Sustainability in UK Retail, 2019" report investigates the key trends in sustainability in retail, such as circular business models and growing criticism of fast fashion; and includes a number of case studies of a range of grocers and non-food specialists, such as Marks & Spencer, Lush and Veja.

The report also analyses the consumer attitudes around sustainability in retail, including attitudes towards sustainability, sources of influence on consumers' opinions, and consumer habits.

Individuals are not satisfied with the current actions of retailers, as 93.5% of consumers agree that it is the responsibility of retailers to act sustainably, but 79.8% agree that retailers are not doing enough to address issues around sustainability and climate change.

The 'war on plastic' gained traction from the BBC's Blue Planet 2 documentary. A number of retailers, especially grocers such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer, quickly reacted to this rise in consumer interest by reducing use of single-use plastics.


  • 50.6% of consumers' opinions on sustainability were influenced by TV programmes or documentaries, with social media the second most influential source due to the rise in social media influencers creating content on how to make more environmentally conscious choices.
  • Fast fashion has become the norm in the UK, and retailers have long been criticised for the human and environmental consequences of this, but awareness of this is growing. Despite fast fashion retailers such as H&M and PrettyLittleThing having sustainable ranges, they are still promoting a retail model that is environmentally unsustainable.
  • Price is an important barrier to purchasing clothing & footwear, as 64.8% of consumers agree that it is difficult to find affordable sustainable and/ or ethical clothing & footwear.

Reasons to buy

  • Use our in-depth consumer insight to learn which areas within sustainability are most important to consumers, allowing you to meet the demands of consumers for more sustainable products, such as reducing your use of single-use or unrecyclable plastics.
  • Understand the actions that a range of food and non-food retailers are taking to tackle sustainability, to help inform competitive and market-leading sustainability targets across your business.
  • Use our detailed analysis of consumer attitudes of sustainability in retail to identify the demographics of the consumers who value certain sustainability attributes the most, allowing you to target more sustainable products and sustainability marketing to specific consumers.

Key Topics Covered:

Key takeaways from sustainability in retail


Trends in sustainability in retail

Strategies for success

Case studies -grocers

Case study: Tesco

Case study: Marks & Spencer

Case study: Sainsbury's

Case study: Morrisons

Case study: Waitrose

Case studies - non-food specialists

Case study: H&M

Case study: Lush

Case study: Adidas

Case study: Levis

Case study: IKEA

Case study: AllBirds

Case study: Vega

Case study: Lindex

Case study: Hotel Chocolat



Attitudes towards sustainability

Opinions on sustainability

Opinions on sustainability: by sector

Consumer habits

Opinions on sustainability: food & grocery

Consumer habits

Fashion and sustainability

Opinions on sustainability: clothing & footwear

Consumer habits

Opinions on sustainability: health & beauty


Technical details: consumer survey work

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Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager
For E.S.T. Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900