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Eco-Items Gain Popularity

The Ecological Union reports that 74 percent of customers look for eco-labels while shopping.

Published: April 23, 2014 (Issue # 1807)



  • Russian businesses are looking to show a greater interest in providing eco-friendly products for customers.
    Photo: Magne Kveseth / norden.org

When it comes to sustaining the environment, it seems businesses and consumers in St. Petersburg do not share the same values. According to data from the St. Petersburg Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, only 15 percent of industrial enterprises in the city are interested in pursuing ecologically safe production, while customers are increasingly ready to pay up to 30 percent more for environmentally friendly products.

Related: Eco-Consciousness on the Rise in Russia

To further discuss the data and current trends, local entrepreneurs are today meeting with Russian and European environmental experts at the Corinthia St. Petersburg Hotel.

With the key focus on eco-production and eco-consumption, the Environmental Standards in Business: New Opportunities for Companies and Consumers conference has been organized by Russias Ecological Union in partnership with the Nordic Council of Ministers, with support from the local chapter of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. As well as presenting recent findings and data, specialists in eco-labeling programs from Norway will also share their experience in the Nordic business sector during the event.

Related: Russian Companies Go Green!

Eco-labeling is a tool to help customers identify the real ecological products from the fake ones, said Yulia Gracheva, director of the Ecological Union St. Petersburg, speaking to The St. Petersburg Times. It is widely-used in international practice and is granted to a product or service only when it successfully passes all tests, including the extraction of raw materials, structure analyses and production processes.

According to data from the Ecological Union, 74 percent of customers look for the presence of eco-labeling when buying a product. As a result, many companies aim to participate in the eco-labeling programs such as Vitality Leaf. Many local enterprises have already passed the strict certification process to gain the right to use this recognized symbol on their products, which includes document checks, laboratory testing and on-site audits of the production process.

Environmental certification also includes a provision for annual follow-up inspections. Among the local companies that have successfully attained the certification are the Corinthia St. Petersburg Hotel, Splat (pharmaceutical and cosmetic production), Tarkett (flooring and sports surfaces), Saint-Gobain (construction and innovative materials), Profine Rus (plastic window frames), TechnoNICOL (the largest mineral wool manufacturer in Russia) and the Ingosstrakhinsurance company.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although thesand sculptures at the Peter and Paul Fortress are more centrally located and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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