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Consumers Getting Greener
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December 06, 2007

Consumers Getting Greener

By Tim Gray
TMCnet Web Editor

There are a significant number of Americans willing to fork over extra green for consumer electronics that use less energy or come from a company that is environmentally friendly, according to a new survey by Forrester Research (News - Alert).


In fact, according to the study, some 25 million Americans would be willing spend those extra bucks if it means keeping the environment clean.

"The green leadership position is open: Which manufacturer will create the iconic 'Prius' product in consumer electronics?" said Forrester Research Senior Vice President Christopher Mines.

Among the major PC brands, Apple's (News - Alert) customer base is the greenest, with 17 percent of its customers in the “bright green” consumer category. HP's Compaq brand ranks second, with 13 percent of its customers in the bright green category.

The study breaks down segments into three categories: Bright greens are 12 percent of US adults that say they are concerned about the environment and strongly agree that they would pay more for consumer electronics products that save energy or come from a company that is environmentally responsible.

Green consumers are another 41 percent of US adults. These 90 million consumers share concerns about environmental issues, but do not strongly agree that they would pay more for environmentally friendly products.

Non-greens are the remaining 47 percent of US adults. The rest of the population, 96 million Americans, do not yet share the greens' concerns about the environment or global warming.

"All the green efforts of consumer technology manufacturers so far have been one-size-fits-all: They are not targeted at a particular segment of consumers, but apply across the board to a company's products, manufacturing, and supply chain," said Mines. "We fully expect green technology consumers to further emerge as a target segment for style-conscious electronics manufacturers as the industry moves beyond beige-box design."

Many of the major consumer electronic manufacturers, including Apple, Dell, HP, Sony, and Toshiba (News - Alert), have taken early steps to green their operations and products. But moving forward, marketers and designers of consumer technology products and services will change product marketing and product design to embrace green principles like energy efficiency, lower-impact manufacturing, longer product life cycles, and recycleability.

Tim Gray is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To see more of his articles, please visit Tim Gray’s columnist page.


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