Earth911 talks with Buck Sleeper, director of innovation consulting at EPAM Continuum, a company that specializes in developing products and services. EPAM’s recent NXT 2021 Trends Report points out several important trends that can help pivot the economy toward greater sustainability, including a new hybrid of global and local economic activity fueled by digital communities and a new generation of national and global government regulations that emphasize adaptation to climate change. The firm works with companies in healthcare; financial services; consumer goods including food packaging, makeup, and consumer technology; and other industries. It also works on projects to reduce poverty and improve sanitation and access to water around the world.
The survey also found that 79% of consumers feel that low- or zero-waste packaging is a priority when making a purchase. In fact, 20% of respondents said they’d be willing to eat the packaging that their food comes in while another 20% want to be able to repurpose packaging for other uses. Sleeper says EPAM clients are shifting their priorities toward achieving sustainability and, because customers can express their preferences through smartphones and the internet, they are now helping shape the products they’ll buy.
Take a few minutes to hear what EPAM Continuum learned and how you can use your growing influence to shape a sustainable economy.