Breaking Sustainability down into Markets

I’m always talking about , and as awesome as it is to ponder how it will save the planet and create a spiritual transcendence and all that good stuff that makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside, I thought it’d be smart to put a practical edge on the whole thing by taking a look at the actual markets that make up (lifestyles of health and sustainability) and what type of numbers are behind them. This movement is growing fast and is creating incredible value in our economy. I believe it will gradually work it’s way into every imaginable vertical and serve to harmonize the economy into a holistic transcendence beyond capitalism. My friend Lee and I like to call it as I’ve mentioned in past posts. Here’s a breakdown of the current markets of the “sustainable economy”, what products and services they offer, and which ones are growing fastest.

The LOHAS market in total represents $209 billion in consumer sales!

Personal Health: $118.03 billion

  • Natural products
  • Nutritional products
  • Integrative health care
  • Dietary supplements
  • Mind body spirit products

: $50 billion

  • Home Certification
  • EnergyStar appliances
  • Sustainable flooring
  • Renewable systems (solar)
  • Wood alternatives

Eco Tourism: $24.17 billion

  • Eco-tourism travel
  • Eco-adventure travel

Natural Lifestyles: $10.6 billion

  • Indoor & outdoor furnishings
  • Organic cleaning supplies
  • Compact fluorescent/LED lights
  • Social change philanthropy
  • Apparel

Alternative Transportation: $6.12 billion

  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Biodiesel fuel
  • Carsharing programs (pickup pal)

Alternative Energy: $300 million

Biggest Market Growth:

  • Retail Sales +28%
  • Organic foods +15%
  • Solar energy +20%
  • Eco-tourism +23%

*Information provided courtesy of

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