Greenwashing in environmental marketing strategy in the brazilian furniture market

Greenwashing em estratégia de marketing ambiental no mercado moveleiro brasileiro

Márcia Vieira de Alencar Caldas Alípio Ramos Veiga-Neto Luciana Gondim de Almeida Guimarães Ahiram Brunni Cartaxo de Castro Glauber Ruan Barbosa Pereira About the authors

Abstract:

Environmental marketing tries to develop strategies to strengthen the entrepreneurial image and connect environmental appeal to products and brands. However, the companies’ reputation may be undermined if the green message uses false or inaccurate information, making it seem that theory and practice are far apart. As a consequence, the damage can be irreversible from the consumers’ viewpoint. This research aimed at raising and analyzing environmental marketing strategies that denote the practice of greenwashing from the point of view of consumers in the national furniture market. To reach the objective suggested, the research took place in two steps. The first step encompassed a qualitative approach, in which data were collected through interviews. The second step used the quantitative approach, a survey-collection method, and the application of questionnaires with consumers. As a result, it was possible to see that the variables concerning environmental marketing that can be perceived as greenwashing are mostly “preference for environmental products”, “interest in green information”, “brand-associated trust”, “green purchase incentive advertisement” and “a green guidebook generates environmental credibility”. The results led to the conclusion that consumers are aware of environmental issues and prefer green products, but greenwashing practices undermine the perception of the company’s image and its brands.

Keywords:
environmental marketing; greenwashing; green marketing strategy; furniture market

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