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Capturing Plastic Use Behavior through Smart Speakers

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Mineral water bottles crushed and crumpled against white isolated background, panorama, copy space

Many of our clients are leaders in categories that use plastic packaging, from food and beverage to beauty and cleaning products. Customers are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of plastic waste on the environment, and are seeking ways to join the plastic-free movement.

Brands in these categories naturally want to understand how far customers are willing to go to reduce plastic waste by changing their preferences and behaviors. To help our clients understand attitudes and trends around single-use plastic products, we conducted a survey among 473 customers using voice-activated smart devices such as Alexa and Google Home.

Why voice-activated speakers:

Voice-activated devices connect to customers in their home environment, where they may be better able to focus on their consumption behaviors. This format also allows customers to answer questions in free form, allowing us to hear first-hand their thoughts. This solution is ideal for focus on behaviors primarily found in the home such as plastics use. Our short, 5-minute survey contained up to 20 questions, depending on if the customer had indeed decreased their plastics use.

What we learned:

  • Better packaging options can shift brand loyalty and drive revenue.
  • 77% of customers are willing to pay more for non-plastic packaging once they’ve adopted that usage.
  • 43% of respondents have switched brands to avoid plastic packaging.
  • 59% believe companies should take responsibility for reducing plastic use.
  • Millennials and Gen Zs are more likely to be committed to reducing plastic use and paying more for non-plastic packaging.

We conducted this plastics survey prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. The lasting effects of this current situation on the sustainability attitudes and behaviors of customers is still to be seen. But we believe customers in the long run, especially Millennials and Gen Zs will seek greener alternatives and corporate responsibility in this area.

Implications for brand marketers:

  •  Adopting plastic-free packaging is likely to increase customer acquisition, loyalty, and sales, resulting in an attractive ROI on this type of packaging change.
  •  Plastic-free packaging can increase brand preference among 18 to 34-year-olds, who have grown up more committed to sustainability efforts than previous generations.

View the survey infographic:

Radius plastics study infographic


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