Far from recycled: 5 times brands innovated with ‘green marketing’

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With Earth Day fast approaching, there is much buzz surrounding the topic of sustainability. While environmental concerns are at the forefront of global conversations, the role of marketing in promoting sustainability has become crucial. Environmental marketing campaigns, often referred to as "green marketing," play a significant role in raising awareness, influencing consumer behaviour, and driving positive change towards a more sustainable future.

Let’s delve into the marketing campaigns that planted the seeds of environmental awareness and encouraged consumers to think green:

Patagonia's "Don't Buy This Jacket" Campaign

Patagonia, a renowned outdoor apparel company, shocked the marketing world with its bold "Don't Buy This Jacket" advertisement. Instead of encouraging consumption, the campaign urged consumers to consider the environmental impact of their purchases and think twice before buying new clothing. By emphasising the importance of reducing waste and promoting conscious consumption, Patagonia effectively aligned its brand with environmental values, resonating with eco-conscious consumers worldwide.

Coca-Cola's "World Without Waste" Initiative

As one of the world's largest beverage companies, Coca-Cola launched its ambitious "World Without Waste" initiative, aiming to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can it sells globally by 2030. Through this on-going campaign, Coca-Cola displays its commitment to environmental stewardship and addresses growing concerns about plastic pollution. By leveraging its brand influence and extensive reach, Coca-Cola is driving awareness and action on waste management, encouraging consumers to actively participate in recycling and adopt sustainable behaviours.

Adidas' "Parley for the Oceans" Collaboration

In 2018, Adidas partnered with Parley for the Oceans, an environmental organisation dedicated to reducing ocean plastic pollution, to create a line of shoes and apparel made from recycled ocean plastics. The campaign utilised stop-motion animation in a compelling video narrative, showcasing the unique creation process of the UltraBoost Parley shoe with animated embroidery on its distinctive fabric and spanned across various platforms including; cinema, online, social media, print, and in-store displays.

Alongside this, Adidas launched its "Run for the Oceans" event, inviting runners worldwide to contribute kilometers towards a collective goal, aimed at raising funds and awareness to combat ocean pollution. Participants were able to log kilometers through Adidas' running apps like Runtastic and Joyrun, as well as through designated running events held in select cities, encouraging further consumer participation.

The Body Shop's "Forever Against Animal Testing" Campaign

The Body Shop launched a compelling campaign advocating against animal testing in the cosmetics industry. Through powerful storytelling and digital engagement, The Body Shop mobilized consumers to support their petition for a global ban on animal testing in cosmetics. The brand ditched its trademark green for a striking pink on all its print and social media adverts, featuring slogans like “don’t turn your back on animal testing”, while a pair of bunnies face away from viewers.

While opting for colours completely different to your iconic brand image can be dangerous, the Body Shop’s campaign made a statement, standing out to consumers and sparking conversation. The campaign not only promoted ethical beauty practices but also aligned The Body Shop's brand with values of compassion and sustainability, resonating with environmentally conscious consumers.

Burt's Bees' "Bring Back the Bees" Campaign

Burt's Bees launched the "Bring Back the Bees" campaign to raise awareness about declining bee populations and promote wildflower planting to support bee habitats. Through engaging social media content, educational initiatives, and product promotions, Burt's Bees encouraged consumers to protect pollinators.

World-renowned street artist, Mulga the artist painted a mural on Sydney’s York Street that highlighted key foods the population would miss out on in a world without bees – gaining vast media attention on TV, radio and lifestyle media. Influencers were also engaged to extend the message across social media. The brand also launched a Limited Edition Strawberry Lip Balm, donating $1 from every pack to The Wheen Bee Foundation. This campaign not only highlighted the importance of biodiversity but also showcased Burt's Bees' commitment to environmental stewardship within the beauty industry.

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