Thinking Green? Read On

According to a recent Yahoo! Green study as published by the Research Brief, 77% of consumers describe themselves as “Green,” actively living their lives conscious of their health and environment, and 57% have made a Green purchase in the past 6 months.

But, concludes the study, the fact that not all green consumers are the same creates a great opportunity for advertisers to better understand the purchasing motivations of mainstream green consumers, one of the largest and fastest growing markets nationwide. The study segments green consumers into four main groups:

Deeply Committed:

23% of market are early-adopters of green who are looking to make a long-term impact
Mostly adults (35+)
Skew female
More educated
Higher percent live in metropolitan areas
Respond most to the “positively impact the environment” message


24% of market are trend-setters who are motivated to be green to look cool
Younger (18-34)
More ethnically diverse
Respond to messages about “everybody else is doing it,” newest technology, cool/hip.


13% of market is motivated to be green by immediate benefits such as saving money or improving health
Skew a bit older (45+)
More with children
Over-index in rural areas


17% of market recognize green as important but place the responsibility more on others than themselves
Younger adults (25-34)
More women with kids
Respond to messages about providing a better life for their family


The other 23% of the market says they don’t care about the environment, or they say they care, but they don’t take any action.
Two of the segments present the biggest opportunity for advertisers, says the report: the “trendy” consumers who go green to be cool, and the “deeply committed”. These segments buy more green products, discuss green issues often, and convince others to make the same green purchases.

80% of the “deeply committed” and 69% of the “trendy” consumers have made a green purchase in the past 6 months
79% of “deeply committed” and “trendy” consumers say that if they like a product they will always tell their friends
70% of the “trendy” and 66% of “deeply committed” consumers who have recently purchased a green alternative product have convinced a family/friend to buy the same product
The study reports that Online is an important source for green information:

More than two-thirds (68%) of survey respondents cite online as a source of green information, on par with traditional media (72%)
In the online space, people look most to portal websites (Yahoo!, MSN, etc.) for more information on green products (51%), likely due to the richness of content offered by such sites.
Second is online search (44%)
Reading online reviews by users also high (40%). People look to user reviews more than professional reviews (24%)
Lowest is a company website (20%) and blogs (21%)
A large percent of people still look to TV ads for more info on green products (47%), especially in the household cleaning product category (37%).

This study included 1,500 internet respondents between the ages of 18-54 from a diverse cross-section of the population from around the country, as well as in-person interviews with people who live in Los Angeles, Chicago and Portland. 8% of people were screened out of this survey because they stated that they were “not at all conscious with regard to their health and the environment”. Therefore, survey respondents include an Internet representative sample of 92% of consumers.


  1. DLM622
    November 21, 2008

    I find it really interesting that suddenly everyone is turning green. Hopefully by the time my kids are grown up everything will be “green” and it won’t be a decision people have to make.

  2. Gail Payonk
    December 3, 2008

    Green building has always existed, it just has a new name and color. It is up to the builder to demonstrate and market the energy components in their homes to the buying public. The sediments conveyed above indicate that 1/4 of the populations just doesn’t care, won’t pay for it, etc. It is an important element of differentiation, but unless it has a ROI that provides a consumer with a payback it will not sell. Healthy living environments are more important to our buyers, and energy savings 2nd.
    Great article.

  3. June 26, 2011

    Most people want to be eco-friendly but for the most part at least currently sometimes going green technlogoy is not financially a good idea currently.I have looked at eco-friendlyand green technology alternatives like igo green charger and have adapted where it makes financial sense. So far I have also installed solar panels on my home but while looking for a electric car I find the cost doesnt justify it for me. While I am passionate about making green choices and opting for green technology whenever possible it is up to people like you and I to spread awareness and let the companies know there is a demand. Your website looks popular and I think you can help influence society with your insight and green technology tips. By the way I found your site by searching ” Thinking Green? Read On | The Spark Report ” and you were the first result. So I think your website is a perfect platform to discuss ideas that are thought provoking to help influence your readers to go green. – Good luck with your site, you deserve all the success! Please continue to talk about more eco-tips/green tech, every idea helps us get closer day by day!