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The Sustainable Consumer – World Consumer Rights Day 2020 theme

07 January 2020

Consumers International has announced that the theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2020, 15 March 2020, will be ‘The Sustainable Consumer’. The campaign will discuss the need for sustainable consumption globally, as well as highlighting the important role that consumer rights and protection can play.


About the theme

If everyone lived the lifestyle of the average person in Western Europe, we would need three planets to support us. Meanwhile, about one billion people live in extreme poverty, unable to access the minimum needed for a decent quality of life.

In order to protect the planet and provide fair social conditions for current and future generations, we need to think about the way we produce and consume goods and services. The aim of sustainable consumption is to increase resource efficiency and fair trade while helping to alleviate poverty and enable everyone to enjoy a good quality of life with access to food, water, energy, medicine and more.

Demand for sustainable products is increasing – particularly amongst younger consumers. A global study found that 66% of consumers say they’re willing to pay more for sustainable brands. But some studies find the actual purchases of sustainable products to be in the 20-30% range (here and here). Generally, sustainability is not the easy choice for consumers and requires effort on their part to research or identify the right purchase, changing behaviour or requires paying more.

However, there are early signals of a narrowing of this intention-action gap and it is vital that we push forward towards a tipping point. We need to make sustainable consumption the easy option for consumers.

What can you do?

There may be synergies between the work you do and the topic of sustainable consumption – get in touch to let us know. Or you can link directly to your activities, or share commentary using our #SustainableConsumer hashtag on social media.  

Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news and announcements about the day.

If you want to share information about your plans for the day or ask any questions, you can email our dedicated team at wcrd@consint.org, or if you are a member please speak to your Regional Networker.