Green Marketing

From The Sustainability Dictionary: The positioning and segmenting of consumers by ecologically-driven concerns and the development of strategies and solutions that will meet their needs and desires with as little negative impact on the Earth as possible. Products and services which satisfy or appeal to these consumers are often called “green” and their advertising and promotion often make claims of less environmental impact in terms of energy, materials, processes, or toxic substances.

In addition, green marketing includes the representation of a company, product, or service as less harmful to nature. This can lead to greenwashing when this represenation is neither sincere nor accurate.

Other terms for this are Environmental Marketing and Ecological Marketing.

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FTC Green Guides Report Helps Marketers Avoid the Pitfalls of Greenwashing

"Greenwashing" sows distrust among consumers and keeps green products from reaching their full potential. A new report helps marketers avoid those pitfalls.
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Walking the Tightrope: How to Avoid Green Marketing Nightmares

Promoting the environmental or sustainability improvements of a product or service can be a tricky high-wire act that can give marketing professionals nightmares.…
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Green Sells: Meaningful Brands Outperform the Stock Market

New research proves that green products and meaningful brands generate increased sales and financial performance that outperforms the stock market. Best practices are…
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McDonald’s Customers Don’t Buy Salads – But Whose Fault is That?

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said last week that salads make up 2 to 3 percent of U.S. restaurant sales. In other words, McDonald’s…

San Francisco: Issue an Impact-Rated Muni Bond in Energy Efficiency

In light of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors resolution to divest from fossil fuels, students of Presidio Graduate School call for its issuance…
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Lessons Learned From Hyundai’s Failed Suicide Ad

Hyundai's latest ad about a man who tried to commit suicide by inhaling gas fumes in his garage but failed because the Hyundai…
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Target Stores Honor Earth Day By Giving Away Reusable Bags

Target gave away 1.5 million reusable bags at its stores across the U.S. in honor of Earth Day.
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We Investigate Labor Violation Claims Against Fair Trade Chocolatier Theo Chocolate

Theo Chocolate has been accused of union busting by the International Labor Rights Forum and Teamsters, who say that the fair trade chocolate…
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Just Green It! Making Sustainability Cool

For generations, our most successful advertisers have forgone educating people on the complexities of their offerings in favor of appealing to the emotion…
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How to Make Money by Helping Consumers Reduce Watts, Drops and Other Waste

There is a lot of opportunity for future-looking businesses to profit by helping consumers save money, time, space, and better their lives by…
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Guatemala’s Quetsol Campaigns to Change the Way Solar is Distributed

A small Guatemalan renewable energy company wants to change the way solar is sold to low-income rural families, saying that the popular and…
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Is Green the New Thin? Only in Clorox Green Works’ New Campaign

Eco-fanatics and rich people have made “green” into a status symbol that makes many women frustrated because they feel the bar is too…
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Sustainable Businesses Need to Focus on Latinos

The Latino population is the fastest growing demographic in the United States. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, approximately 800,000 Hispanic residents turn…
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How to Avoid Greenwash When Marketing Biobased Content

Communicating the benefits of “biobased” content, the world’s newest ecological marketing term, is often tricky. Happily, strategies and a credible third party label…
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Alex Bogusky SodaStream Ad Rejected for “Soda Denigration”

Alex Bogusky doesn’t rest for a minute. After advocating for Proposition 37 and making "The Real Bears" video for the Center for Science…