Most of us are making an effort to green our purchasing, whether it be by shopping at the local farmers' market or demanding more local, organic, and fair-trade products in our retail interactions.
National Geographic and Globescan conducted a survey of 17,000 people in 17 countries in January 2009, asking questions related to housing, goods (both every-day and big-ticket), transportation, and food.
The survey's results showed that consumers are making environmentally-friendly choices for one of two reasons: either to be environmentally cautious, or to save costs. The countries that are doing best as green consumers are Brazil, India, and China. Sadly, my home country (USA) came in at the bottom of the list.
Check out an article in The Dirt, published by the American Society of Landscape Architects, or the highlights report.