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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. Sustainable consumption is about doing more and better with less. Its aim 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. 

But sustainable consumption should be the easy option, and not down to consumer choice alone. We work to reduce the confusion around sustainability by ensuring that producers, retailers and policymakers do all they can to make products safe, durable and resource-efficient; before providing clear, reliable information to guide consumer choice.

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New Research: Plastic recycling labelling confusing and inconsistent

Today Consumers International, UNEP and One Planet Network release a global assessment of recycling and sustainability labelling on plastic packaging. The report found plastic recycling labelling confusing and inconsistent, as a result we have set out five global recommendations for action to tackle the complexity of packaging information for consumers.

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Pandemic relief: how consumer advocacy in Latin America is fighting to protect the most vulnerable consumers

As Latin American governments struggle to address the public health and economic fallout from COVID-19, consumer organisations in the region have been working tirelessly to protect the rights and essential needs of consumers.

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Our Latest Publication

Can I Recycle This?: A Global Mapping and Assessment of Standards, Labels and Claims on Plastic Packaging

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