Going Green. Go Green. Green Initiative. Green. Everything seems to be green these days. If a product isn’t “going green,” then that company might lose a certain respect from their market. But do the consumers even know why something might be called “green?”
A company could easily call themselves green, but it could apply to so many different things. It could apply to their products, the amount of resources that they recycle, or even the lack of resources that they utilize in order to better the environment, and so on. Before a company does this though, they’re going to need to take a look at their customers from an integrated marketing perspective. Do their customers have a need for a product going green? How knowledgeable is their customer base on what it means to go green? Not only that, but what does going green mean to the company itself?
When one really thinks about it, going green goes back to social capital and generalized reciprocity. Generalized reciprocity is as simple as picking up some trash that you see floating in the street before it goes into your neighbor’s lawn, or watching your friend’s belongings while they may use the restroom in an airport. Basically, the effects of the return might not be seen for a long time, and sometimes may be seen in a short amount of time. What drives customers to purchase green products may be because they feel they can do their part in trying to preserve the environment in which they live in. It’s that feeling of empowerment; the feeling of being able to make a difference.
When it comes to making a difference, Google never seems to miss the opportunity. Google steps up to deliver a green movement that most people might not predict from the tech savvy company. To tackle their overgrown field at their headquarters in Mountain View, California, Google brought in 200 goats from California Grazing. The goats stayed for over a week eating away at the grass in an attempt to reduce the emissions brought on from mowers, reduce noise pollution, restore various plant species, and even fertilize while grazing. Not only does Google take an interesting perspective of going green, but their efforts certainly do coincide with general reciprocity.
As we continue to use the limited resources that this planet has, it’s going to be interesting to see how different companies and organizations change their habits to sync with the minds of environmentally conscious consumers. However, they just may want to consider their reasoning before they abuse the idea.
-Deji Adeleke, Carissa Niederkorn, Anna Kate Babnik, Tiffany Evans, & Katie Eagle