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Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) is a demographic defining a particular market segment related to sustainable living, "green" ecological initiatives, and generally composed of a relatively upscale and well-educated population segment. The author Paul H. Ray, who coined the term Cultural Creatives in his book by the same name, explains that "What you're seeing is a demand for products of equal quality that are also virtuous." Included in the cultural creative demographic are consumers of New Age goods and services.
Researchers have reported a range of sizes of the LOHAS market segment. For example, Worldwatch Institute reported that the LOHAS market segment in the year 2006 was estimated at $300 billion, approximately 30% of the U.S. consumer market; and, a study by the Natural Marketing Institute showed that in 2007, 41 million or 13% of the Americans were included within the LOHAS psychographic. In Japan roughly 17 million adults or 12% of the population are LOHAS consumers.
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The marketplace includes goods and services such as:
- Organic and locally grown food
- Organic and natural personal care products
- Hybrid and electric cars as well as city bicycles
- Green and sustainable building
- Sustainable or Ecotourism
- Energy efficient electronics/appliances
- Socially responsible investing
- Natural household products (paper goods and cleaning products)
- Complementary, alternative and preventive medicine (Naturopathy, Chinese medicine, etc.)
- Fair trade products
- Literature in the Mind/Body/Soul, Holistic Health, and New Age genres
LOHAS is a recognised market segment in the USA, Western Europe and Asian regions including Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.
The Japanese government implemented a campaign called "Cool Biz" in 2005, encouraging offices to allow their workers to remove the tie and adopt light-colored business suits. The country's Ministry of the Environment estimated that the campaign reduced carbon dioxide emissions as offices adjusted their thermostats up to 28 °C (82 °F), subject to the government's instruction.
- Cortese, Amy (July 20, 2003). "They Care About the World (and They Shop, Too)". Business Section. New York Times.
- Everage, Laura (October 1, 2002). "Understanding the LOHAS Lifestyle". Gourmet Retailer Magazine. Nielsen Business Media. Archived from the original on 2015-02-21. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
- Judith Rosen (2002-05-27). "Crossing the Boundaries:Regardless of its label, this increasingly mainstream category continues to broaden its subject base". -- Publishers Weekly.
- David Moore (June 17, 2002). "Body & Soul, yoga w/o the yoyos". Media Life. Archived from the original on November 13, 2002.
- Cohen, Maurie J. (January 2007). "Consumer credit, household financial management, and sustainable consumption". International Journal of Consumer Studies. 31 (1): 57–65. doi:10.1111/j.1470-6431.2005.00485.x. S2CID 154771421.
- Halweil, Brianink =; Lisa Mastny; Erik Assadourian; Linda Starke; Worldwatch Institute (2004). State of the World 2004: A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a Sustainable Society. W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 167. ISBN 0-393-32539-3.
- LOHASwire.com Canadian news wire agency specializing in LOHAS
- The Source Asia Hong Kong based Online Magazine focused on LOHAS and Holistic living.
- LOHAS and The Indigo Dollar: Growing The Spiritual Economy Article critical of LOHAS' mobilization of spirituality.
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