Environment: Quebecers ready to participate in the circular economy

Environment: Quebecers ready to participate in the ;circular economy


Nearly 83% of Quebecers prefer to buy products from circular economy practices and 82% recognized that their behavior and choices could have a positive impact on the environment.&nbsp ;

This was revealed in the second part of an investigation by Capterra on this subject, released on Thursday.

Almost as many Quebec residents surveyed (83%) said they prefer to buy products from companies with circular economy practices. The most common habits for Quebecers surveyed are related to recycling: 78% use reusable bags and 73% sort their waste.

Recycling electronics as well as buying sustainably (in wholesale, local products or second-hand) are other habits carried out at least occasionally by the Quebecers surveyed.

Buyback programs seem more popular in Quebec than nationally: 11% of Quebecers use them regularly, compared to 8% for the rest of Canada. However, the proportion of Canadians who want to extend the life cycle of their products rises to 88%, compared to 81% for Quebecers.

“With buyback programs, just as with many other sustainable practices, the responsibility cannot fall entirely on the consumer. Logically, consumers cannot participate in programs that do not exist or of which they are not aware. Although the circular economy is a daily practice for many Canadians, greater awareness and greater commitment are needed to foster sustainability in Canada,” said Tessa Anaya, content analyst for this study, in a press release. .

While 32% of Quebecers surveyed are aware of the existence of applications to fight food waste such as TooGoodToGo or FlashFood, only 7% use them. In contrast, 45% of respondents in Quebec are unaware of their existence, but are interested in the concept. 

Recall that Canada plans to considerably reduce waste production within the framework of the Federal Strategy for sustainable development, by 2030.

This survey was conducted among 1,000 Canadian consumers, including more than 200 Quebec residents.

The first part analyzed consumer participation in the circular economy in Quebec. In Part 2, Capterra Canada focused on sustainable consumption beliefs and habits.