22% of Consumers Don’t Know How to Discern Green Products

Environmental leaderFor any form of green marketing to be successful, consumers need to at least understand what is or is not green.  A new study of consumer opinion reveals that 22% of respondents have no way of knowing whether a product is green or not.

Posted July 9, 2009
By environmentalLEADER

Green products jpeg In a study of consumer opinions of marketing claims, 22 percent of
survey respondents said they have no way of knowing whether a product
is green or not, according to research conducted by the Shelton Group.

The EcoPulse survey found that nearly 20 percent of consumers look
to the product’s label to determine whether it’s green. Another 15
percent look to the ingredient list.

“People are uncertain what to trust, so there’s almost a ‘buyer
beware’ attitude in the market, with consumers feeling they have to
rely primarily on what they can read on the label,” said Suzanne
Shelton. “Consumers want a trusted source for accreditation, one that
is simple to understand.”

Shelton pointed to the Energy Star label as one that consumers trust, because they can see specific numbers on the label.

Consumers don’t like to be misled or betrayed by brands they trust, Shelton said.

When asked what their reaction would be if a company that makes a
favorite product and had been advertising itself as “green” received a
government fine for failing emissions standards or for polluting a
nearby stream, four in ten respondents indicated they would stop buying
the product. What’s more, 36 percent would not only stop buying, they’d
encourage friends not to buy the product, according to a press release.

More survey results are available here. The survey was conducted in April and May among 1,006 consumers.

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Reply