Australian consumers are becoming more environmentally conservative and retailers are equally becoming more aware of the importance of adopting green practices for their businesses, according to a recent study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

With this in mind, an all-new Eco Retailer zone will be launched at the Retail Expo to meet consumer demands for environmentally friendly retail outlets and practices.

Aiming to reduce the retail industry’s ecological footprint, the new section will showcase the latest green innovations, concepts and strategies available in national and international markets.

“Because we are all consumers, retailers can’t afford to ignore the need to adopt environmentally considerate practices and services, as well as offer green products to their customers, regardless of whether they are huge department stores or independent outlets,” says Peter O’Flynn, exhibition manager, Retail Expo Australasia.

The Eco Retailer zone will feature alongside seven other key product areas, including retail technology, shopfitting and store design, security technology, business services, digital signage, and visual merchandising.