In my “Greening Print Marketing” posts, I’ve looked at a wide variety of reasons (and ways) for marketers to see their print marketing projects as green. But what about the flip side? Why do printers market their green initiatives?
The number one reason seems to be a reflection of their own personal commitment. In a recent survey by What They Think (Source: “Economic Outlook Webinar with Dr. Joe Webb” 3/26/08), 43% of printers said that their green initiatives were “more important to our company than to our customers at this time.” Only 8% felt that it was more important to their customers than it was to them.
Thirty-five percent felt that promoting their environmental sustainability initiatives was good for their business image. Nearly one-quarter (24%) saw it as a necessary cost of doing business in today’s climate.
What are printers doing to promote a greener earth? Most are taking a minimalist approach, promoting their use of recycled papers and identifying themselves in their marketing and sales materials as being environmentally sensitive businesses.
However . . .
- 20% do say that they are justifying new equipment purchases because of their more favorable environmental impact
- 15% have special “green” certifications from independent organizations
- 7% perform “environmental impact” statements or audits
- 5% purchase wind power
It may be a slow start, but these represent some real, lasting changes, especially as it involves the purchase of renewable energy and replacing capital investments with those with more favorable environmental impact.
There may be cynics who say that these changes are more marketing than they are personal or business commitments, but who cares? The environment doesn’t care about the motivations of those who make these changes. It only cares about the results.
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