Third Annual Cascades Index Survey Is Canada's Environmental "State Of
MONTREAL, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - A Leger Marketing indexed survey
commissioned by Cascades finds that most Canadians recognize the
environment as a priority, and the vast majority of the country
integrates simple green actions into their day-to-day life. Even though
there is continuous improvement in Canadian attitudes towards a
sustainable development approach, there are still some major economic
and lifestyle barriers that Canadians are not willing to cross.
Canadians say that they are very good at the environmental basics, with
90% claiming to limit their use of electricity, and 89% of us
recycling, but only 37% are willing to pay extra for products that are
more environmentally friendly.
Setting a national environmental policy platform can definitely be a
challenge to any political party as Canadians are extremely fractured
when it comes to ecological priorities. Quebec's main concern is
greenhouse gas emissions, energy issues worry Ontario, the Atlantic
provinces and BC, while the prairie provinces focus on water
"We are delighted to see that Canadians are thinking about the
environment, and are taking the right steps to reduce their ecological
impact in the homes" said Suzanne Blanchet, President and C.E.O of
Cascades Tissue Group. "Environmentally responsible actions at home
significantly increased compared to 2010 and Canadians should be
praised for that, but there is so much more that all of us can do. We
challenge all Canadians to find their environmental inspiration this
Earth Day and commit to making simple green actions that can make a
difference not just for one day, but for the rest of their lives."
Here are some more interesting facts from the Cascades Index:
Canada needs more environmental heroes
David Suzuki is fairly beloved with Canadians, 36% of us did name him as
the public figure that most evokes the environment, but almost 40%
couldn't think of anyone!
Trust and suspicion
Encouraging signs of improved Canadian attitudes toward the environment
can be found - only 45% of Canadians are tired of being lectured to by
environmentalists, down from 52% in 2010. Perhaps recent environmental
disasters have made Canadians more receptive to messaging of various
The Prairie Provinces are by far the most mistrustful of various
environmental claims - over 50% (67% in Saskatoon) are tired of being
lectured to by environmentalists. People in the Prairie Provinces are
also significantly more likely to think that global warming is actually
good for Canada as well.
A reputation is a hard thing to shake
British Columbia has been coasting on their reputation as Canada's
greenest province for a while now, as a quarter of Canadians believe it
is the most ecologically responsible province. In reality Quebec is the
most environmentally active province, and yet barely 7% of Canadians
voted for them.
Saskatchewan in almost all metrics comes out as an environmental Grinch,
falling to last or near last in most environmental categories, with 20%
of Saskatchewan residents believing that global warming is actually
good for Canada.
The environment in the grocery store
When out shopping seven Canadians out of ten (73%) say that eco-friendly
statements like "ecological footprint" and "sustainable development"
are important when they select a product.
Every province but Quebec thinks that "biodegradable" is the most
important ecological certification, while La Belle Province believes
that "local" and "green" labels are equally important.
Long live the grocery bag only 2% of Canadians do not have any reusable
bags, while 4% have so many that they have stopped counting them. On
average, Canadians have nine reusable grocery bags in their house or
Six out of ten Canadians are greatly or somewhat influenced by the
environmental steps taken by a manufacturer or merchant in their
decision to buy or not to buy a product.
One Canadian out of five (21%) believes that putting recyclable or
compostable materials in the selective recycling bin is the gesture
that has the greatest positive impact on the environment. Limiting the
use of fertilizers and pesticides is a distant second at 14%.
Canadians are also increasingly tired of over-packaged products (88%)
and are demanding more recycling containers in public settings (a 5%
increase to 83%).
"We are very encouraged to see that Canadians realize the importance of
recycling all materials," said Suzanne Blanchet, President and C.E.O of
Cascades Tissue Group. "However, if you believe in the important
environmental role of recycling, then you should support it further by
purchasing products made from recycled materials. We are delighted to
see that 65% of Canadians buy paper products made from recycled fibres,
and we urge all Canadians to experience the amazing products created
from all of the recyclable materials we are throwing away"
About the survey
Founded in 1986, Leger Marketing is the leading Canadian-owned market
research and polling firm with offices in Montreal, Quebec, Toronto,
Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary and Philadelphia. The firm is a market leader
in Web-based research with its own proprietary Web panel of over
About Simple Green Action
www.simplegreenaction.ca is an initiative of Cascades Tissue Group created to raise awareness
about the environment and help Canadians act ecologically every day
with simple green actions, especially by using Cascades Enviro® 100%
recycled products. On this interactive website, you can test your
environmentality®, read and respond each week to articles written by
Earth Day bloggers in addition to discovering various environmental
tips and facts through the eco capsules. Updated frequently, this site
offers plenty of surprises from week to week.
Cascades Inc., a pioneer in sustainable development
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and
tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibres. Cascades employs
nearly 13,000 men and women who work in some 100 modern and flexible
production units located in North America and in Europe. Cascades'
management philosophy, its 45 years of experience in recycling, its
continuous efforts in research and development are strengths which
enable the company to create innovative products for its customers. The
Cascades shares trade on the Toronto stock exchange under the ticker
symbol CAS. For more information, visit www.cascades.com
SOURCE CASCADES INC.
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