Read through my Eco-Sewing Marketing Survey…

…and help save the planet!  Well, start to think about being a small contributing part of the solution at least!

{ I am updating this post as I feel the questions are still wroth reading, even if I have moved onto the next stage of my study and am presently not taking any more testers!  But I think it helps people to think about the choices we make!}

The view almost every day!

The view almost every day!

Thanks for taking a moment to read this through.  I am in the early stages of developing a new product line for my TAV Creations: Eco-Sewing.  I have tested the concept myself, and am now ready to find out if what I think is a great idea may have a place in the “real world”.  The first step is to get an idea of how many people out there might fit the criteria of someone who would use this product.  I have to be vague for now, and the questions will simply help me establish a more accurate picture of how people think and follow through in this area of their lives.  

The questions relate to how people approach take out food establishments and the how we use them. [shortened]

Thanks again for taking the time to help me out in this exciting new endeavor!  

 I will be making announcements about the new product line within the next few months as I go through a bit further development and testing.  If anyone has piles of cash to make it a huge endeavor and want to be an Angel investor – let me know!

The questions:

1. How concerned are you with the environment and what we as humans are doing to destroy or protect it? 

a – extremely
b – somewhat
c- not very
d-not at all

 

2. Do you feel your daily actions reflect how you feel about the environment?

a – Definitely
b – somewhat
c- not very
d-not at all

 

3. Do you carry a reuseable tote bag with you, even if you are not planning any shopping.

a. no
b. yes, about 1/4 of the time
c. yes, about 1/2 of the time
d. yes, about 3/4 of the time
e. yes,always with only the rare exception

 

4.Do you eat take-out/pick up food? This would include any time that disposable serving plates, cups, cutlery are used. 

a. no [ at this point, you are probably done with the survey, thanks for your time! ]
b. yes,1 to 6 times per year
c. yes, 6- 12 times per year
d. yes, 1-4 times pre month
e. yes, pretty much daily

 

5.  Do you use your own travel mug/thermos or similar re-usable drinking container when you frequent take-out establishments? 

a. no
b. yes, about 1/4 of the time
c. yes, about 1/2 of the time
d. yes, about 3/4 of the time
e. yes, always with only the rare exception

 

6. Do you take back the disposable serving container, if you frequent a favorite take-out place? example: some Thai food take out restaurants use plastic containers that are sturdy enough that they can be washed and re-used at home as well as returned to be re-filled at the restaurant.

a. no
b. yes, about 1/4 of the time
c. yes, about 1/2 of the time
d. yes, about 3/4 of the time
e. yes,always with only the rare exception

 

7. Please order the following according to your personal value system: 

      1 being the most important and 6 being the least important :
a. Reducing all waste/ landfill
b. Recycling following the guidelines of your city’s definitions and services offered
c. Recycling more than the city suggests
d. Saving money
e. Reducing the use of plastics
f. Buying organic

 

8.How important is it for your actions, in regards to environmental awareness, to be easy?

a – extremely [ I am a busy person, I recycle my paper and plastic as much as I can]
b – somewhat [ I take my travel mug and tote bag when I can, and recycle faithfully within the city guidelines]
c- not very [ I have my travel cup, tote bag and reduce my personal waste contribution when I can]
d-not at all [ it is more important to do what I can to help the planet, and I make the time and energy to do it.]

 

Thanks for your time!  I’ll be contacting the random winners of protoypes, who may choose to continue into the next level of participation in September. 

Tracey/ Halyma

PS. Boing says thanks too!

....in judgement

....in judgement

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27 thoughts on “Read through my Eco-Sewing Marketing Survey…

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  2. 1. a
    2. a
    3. d Often, if I don’t have a reusable bag with me, I won’t shop. I’ll wait until I do have a bag.
    4. b
    5. a
    6. a Most places don’t take back their containers. I stopped buying certain type of food because of it. For example, at the Landsdowne market there are booths that sells homemade salads and dips, and although their plastic containers can be washed and reused, they won’t take them back.
    7. e, d, f, a, c, b What I want to know is, how much of our blue box stuff actually really gets recycled and I don’t mean shipped to China…
    8. d

  3. 1) a
    2) b
    3) e, even if I don’t have enough and it’s too big for my large purse, I’ll just carry it with my hands
    4) d/e generally 1-2 times a week
    5) Normally just for coffee/tea (more than 50% of the time), other to go drinks would just be juice in a bottle.
    6) a, I haven’t encountered reusable take-out containers, but even if I did I’d have to live really close to the establishment for that to work (close enough to order in person rather than over the phone). A more likely scenario in any event than reusing take-out containers is bringing my own containers (either glass or higher quality plastic). I do bring my own containers to restaurants for left-overs.
    7) I’m not sure about the order, but saving money isn’t much of a factor. Here’s a guess at the order: e, f, a, c, b, d
    8) c, I aim for d but there’s always room for improvement!

  4. The answers:

    1. a
    2. a
    3. e.
    4.b.
    5. a.
    6. a.
    7.
    a. Reducing all waste/ landfill (4)
    b. Recycling following the guidelines of your city’s definitions and services offered (3)
    c. Recycling more than the city suggests (5)
    d. Saving money (6)
    e. Reducing the use of plastics (2)
    f. Buying organic (1)

    8. d

  5. 1. a
    2. b – somewhat
    3. b. yes, about 1/4 of the time
    4. e. yes, pretty much daily
    5. b. yes, about 1/4 of the time
    6. d. yes, about 3/4 of the time
    When they are re-useable, I clean and re-use for food and other stuff
    7. a. 1
    b. 2
    c. 1
    d. 2
    e. 1
    f. 6
    8. Id’ like to say e – but i’m still lazy
    b – somewhat [ I take my travel mug and tote bag when I can, and recycle faithfully within the city guidelines]

  6. 1. a – extremely
    2. a – Definitely
    3. e. yes,always with only the rare exception
    4.e. yes, pretty much daily
    5. e. yes, always with only the rare exception
    6. a. no (none of the places I frequent allow returning containers, siting hygiene as the reason)
    7.
    1 – a
    2 – c
    3 – e
    4 – f
    5 – d
    6 – b
    8. d-not at all [ it is more important to do what I can to help the planet, and I make the time and energy to do it.] – Having said that, I wish I was able to do more but alas I am only one person.

  7. My additional comment… you knew I’d have one 😉
    I am a bit of a recycling crusader and heavily promote recycling in the work place too. I would like to see more take-out places and restaurants allowing re-usable containers. I hope that whatever you are planning includes this concept. I am also happy to aid in any little way I can 🙂

  8. 1. a
    2. b
    3. b
    4. d
    5. b
    6. a. no — but I do reuse them myself if sturdy enough, and the recycle
    7. a. Reducing all waste/ landfill (1)
    b. Recycling following the guidelines of your city’s definitions and services offered (3)
    c. Recycling more than the city suggests (4)
    d. Saving money (6)
    e. Reducing the use of plastics (2)
    f. Buying organic (5)
    8. b

  9. 1. a
    2. b
    3. e And I’ve convinced a couple other people to do so as well. The more stylish the bag, the more interested they are! It’s a nice gift to give, especially those fold-up ones. Otherwise, my backpack or purse will do fine. Also, lately I’ve gone grocery shopping with a friend, that way I can share my wheeled tote or my tote bag with them, and we can refuse all plastic bags.
    4. d
    5. b
    6. a I rarely get take-out that has more than a paper wrapper (ie Subway) and I refuse plastic bags. If I get a drink, I prefer glass bottles (ie Nestea), which means I can take it home and recycle it, or drop it into one of the very very rare City of Ottawa recycling bins. I’ll even take other people’s things if they’re only willing to put it in the trash. My biggest sin is getting salad at the Ottawa Hospital cafeteria – they use styrofoam packaging, yuck!
    7. a (1)
    b (2)
    c (1)
    d (6)
    e (1*)
    f (1*)
    *e and f are almost more out of health/ nutritional concerns – helping the planet is a nice benefit!
    8. c

    Extra comment: I really don’t like plastic containers for several reasons: re-using them breaks the plastic down so it leeches into the food, opaque plastic means I can’t see the food inside, and it’s rarely microwave or oven safe. Glass and metal are re-usable, recyclable, earth-friendly and durable.

  10. 1. a.
    2. b.
    3. c. my purse/gym bag is usually big enough to fit most purchases. I use plastic grocery bags for disposing of cat litter.
    4. e. whenever I don’t have time to pack a lunch for work
    5. a. I’m looking for a stainless-steel lined one that doesn’t cost and weigh an arm and a leg.
    6. a. I reuse them instead of tupperware, but don’t take them back to the store. I’m rethinking this a bit given the recent Bisphenol A scare.
    7.
    a. Reducing all waste/ landfill
    c. Recycling more than the city suggests (i.e. paying for electronics recycling)
    e. Reducing the use of plastics
    d. Saving money
    b. Recycling following the guidelines of your city’s definitions and services offered
    f. Buying organic
    8. c. working on it…

  11. OK….I’m going to be brave and post my “Oh my God I should be too embarassed to post these answers” answers : )

    1. b (I’m very concerned, but not concerned enough to have been doing alot about it so I have to pick b : ))
    2. b
    3. a- keep meaning to…keep forgetting…although at least I can say that we use the reusable bags for our weekly grocery shopping (phew!)
    4. d
    5. a -I can’t believe how dumb it has been of me not to get a Timmy’s travel mug…my next purchase!
    6. a
    7. a (1)
    b (2)
    c (5)
    d (3)
    e (6)
    f (4)
    8. a -need to be honest! The easier, the better!

    This is VERY cool Tracey!! I look forward to seeing where you are going with this!!

  12. 1. How concerned are you with the environment and what we as humans are doing to destroy or protect it?
    a – extremely

    2. Do you feel your daily actions reflect how you feel about the environment?
    a – Definitely

    3. Do you carry a reuseable tote bag with you, even if you are not planning any shopping.
    b. yes, about 1/4 of the time
    c. yes, about 1/2 of the time
    f. actually, about 1/3 of the time 😉

    4.Do you eat take-out/pick up food? This would include any time that disposable serving plates, cups, cutlery are used.
    c. yes, 6- 12 times per year

    5. Do you use your own travel mug/thermos or similar re-usable drinking container when you frequent take-out establishments?
    b. yes, about 1/4 of the time

    6. Do you take back the disposable serving container, if you frequent a favorite take-out place? example: some Thai food take out restaurants use plastic containers that are sturdy enough that they can be washed and re-used at home as well as returned to be re-filled at the restaurant.
    a. no

    7. Please order the following according to your personal value system:
    1 being the most important and 6 being the least important :
    4. Reducing all waste/ landfill
    5. Recycling following the guidelines of your city’s definitions and services offered
    6. Recycling more than the city suggests
    1. Saving money
    3. Reducing the use of plastics
    2. Buying organic

    8.How important is it for your actions, in regards to environmental awareness, to be easy?
    b – somewhat [ I take my travel mug and tote bag when I can, and recycle faithfully within the city guidelines]

  13. 1. a
    2. a
    3. e
    4. d
    5. a
    6. a (but I carry around the container until I get home if there is no recycling bin nearby)

    7.
    1 a. Reducing all waste/ landfill
    2 f. Buying organic (but I think buying local is more important and also reduces waste)
    3 e. Reducing the use of plastics
    4 c. Recycling more than the city suggests
    5 b. Recycling following the guidelines of your city’s definitions and services offered
    6 d. Saving money

    8. d-not at all [ it is more important to do what I can to help the planet, and I make the time and energy to do it.]

  14. 1. a
    2. a
    3. e
    4. d … and i bring a plate down when ordering from the downstairs cafeteria. Would like to bring tupperware to restaurant take out but feel a bit embarrassed.
    Take out mostly for dinner meals at home.
    5. c … it’s sitting on my desk and i still forget half the time ;-(
    6. a
    7. e,a,c,f,d,b … that was hard.
    8. c I think i put in a pretty good effort regarding the actions mentioned and a bit more. The more you compost and recycle the harder it is even to see everything that lies in public trash cans…but can’t drive myself crazier than i already am.

    Enjoy Algonquin! Let those creative ideas continue to abound…
    😉

  15. 1. a – extremely

    2. a – Definitely

    3. Do you carry a reuseable tote bag with you, even if you are not planning any shopping.
    c. yes, about 1/2 of the time
    (and always – assuming I remember – when I am going shopping)

    4. about once a month?

    5. a. no

    6. Do you take back the disposable serving container, if you frequent a favorite take-out place?

    Where in Ottawa can you do this!?

    7. Please order the following according to your personal value system:

    1 Reducing all waste/ landfill
    6 Recycling following the guidelines of your city’s definitions and services offered
    4 Recycling more than the city suggests
    5 Saving money
    2 Reducing the use of plastics
    3 Buying organic

    8. a or d, depending on the week, but time is way more important than ease or money

  16. On the subject of lunch and reusable containers, you might find the Bento phenomenon interesting (if you don’t know about it already). I love my Bento lunch box and I will be really happy once I find somewhere to buy all the cute little Japanese lunch accessories (fish shaped sandwich spears! cartoon-faced mini ketchup bottlers!). I’ve also been eyeing some Etsy shops selling cute fabric bento bags with stainless-steel lunch containers.

    My favourite bento blogs:
    lunchinabox.net
    justbento.com

  17. My Answers:
    1. b- Somewhat
    2. a – Definitely
    3. a – I usually have totebags/bins in our vehicle
    4. c – Yes, 6- 12 times per year
    5. a – No, except for a local pizzaria, I don’t have a “regular” takeout place
    6. a – No, but I keep re-usable utensils, etc. for my own use
    7. d, c, b, a, f, e
    8. b – Somewhat, I recycle my paper, plastic & organic wastes much as I can

  18. Hi Halyma! Here are my answers:

    1.a
    2.b
    3.c
    4.d but don’t use disposable cutlery, plates, etc.
    5.a (with sheepish look)
    6.a (but reuse many at home)
    7.
    1- Reducing all waste/ landfill
    2- Reducing the use of plastics
    3- Recycling more than the city suggests
    4- Saving money
    5- Buying organic
    6- Recycling following the guidelines of your city’s definitions and services offered
    8. b

  19. 1. a – extremely

    2. b – somewhat

    3. e. yes,always with only the rare exception (Well, it’s a backpack – I don’t do purses, so I almost always have extra space!)

    4. d. yes, 1-4 times pre month

    5. e. yes, always with only the rare exception

    6. a. no

    7.
    2. Reducing all waste/ landfill
    6. Recycling following the guidelines of your city’s definitions and services offered
    4. Recycling more than the city suggests
    3. Saving money
    1. Reducing the use of plastics
    5. Buying organic

    8.b – somewhat

  20. 1a
    2a
    3e I always carry empty bags to be used for dirty diapers and those can always be used for carrying anything else. Single use, it is one or the other, not both 😉
    4b
    5a
    6 I do not frequent such places. I do return my glass cream bottles that I get each week in my organic fruit and veggie box. I bring plastic shopping bags to the bakery for them to use.
    7 a4 b6 c2 d5 e3 f1
    8 c

  21. THANK YOU SO MUCH~

    Thanks to everyone who has taken the survey so far.

    I am leaving this up until the end of the week, so if anyone else decides to submit some responses, I’ll take those too!

    Winners will be announced on Monday, September 8th, and I’ll be contacting you to get your address so that i can send you the next phase of the project!

    Thanks again for your time and honestly – I have loved reading these responses – at the very least this has made us all a bit more aware!

    Tracey/ Halyma

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  23. 1. How concerned are you with the environment and what we as humans are doing to destroy or protect it?
    a – extremely

    2. Do you feel your daily actions reflect how you feel about the environment?
    b – somewhat

    3. Do you carry a reuseable tote bag with you, even if you are not planning any shopping.
    e. yes,always with only the rare exception

    4.Do you eat take-out/pick up food? This would include any time that disposable serving plates, cups, cutlery are used.
    b. yes,1 to 6 times per year

    5. Do you use your own travel mug/thermos or similar re-usable drinking container when you frequent take-out establishments?
    d. yes, about 3/4 of the time

    6. Do you take back the disposable serving container, if you frequent a favorite take-out place? example: some Thai food take out restaurants use plastic containers that are sturdy enough that they can be washed and re-used at home as well as returned to be re-filled at the restaurant.
    a. no
    I don’t eat out regularly enough at the same places. Although I would be open to such containers when gonig to the Bulk Barn.

    7. Please order the following according to your personal value system:
    1 being the most important and 6 being the least important :
    a. 1
    b. 4
    c. 6
    d. 3
    e. 2
    f. 5

    8.How important is it for your actions, in regards to environmental awareness, to be easy?
    d-not at all [ it is more important to do what I can to help the planet, and I make the time and energy to do it.]

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