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Barriers to Green Products Purchase – from Polish Consumer Perspective
Barriers to Green Products Purchase – from Polish Consumer Perspective

Author(s): Lucyna Witek
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Economy
Published by: Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze
Keywords: sustainable development; eco-friendly lifestyle; green products; direct survey; Polish market; green consumer; barriers to purchase
Summary/Abstract: Purpose: The green market is growing rapidly, especially in developed countries. While in Poland the consumption of green products is not growing as fast as experts of this market predict. In this context, in the paper the results of studies that examine the attitudes of consumers towards green products and identify barriers to their purchase are analyzed. This research examines the propensity of consumers to buy environmentally friendly products by means of socio-demographic indices.Design/methodology/approach: For the purpose, the direct survey method and Focus Group Interview (FGI) have been applied. The survey was conducted between 1 December 2015 to 31 January 2016 using the direct survey method. The sample covered 390 adult consumers living in south - eastern and southern Poland. Four sessions of 1,5 hours each were conducted between May and June 2015. Each group consisted of 6 people.Findings: These studies lead to the conclusion that Polish connote positively the care about environment and ecological products. The primary motivation for green consumption is health. Environmental protection plays a supporting role. The barrier to the development of green consumption is the general and fragmented consumer knowledge of green products, their labeling, certification and control. This affects distrust and their skepticism to green claims. Under these conditions consumers do not want to accept higher product prices. In addition, weaknesses in the marketing chain make green products invisible to consumers. In the Polish market products prosumption and purchases of non-certified goods from the trusted source are gaining importance.Research/practical implications: This study provides a valuable contribution to addressing the needs of producers and sellers in the market for green products. The results of the research can help managers identify important information about the process of making purchase decisions by consumers towards environmentally-friendly products. An aid in the development of marketing communication strategy and the improvement of existing marketing strategies.Originality/value: A theoretical contribution of this study is to enrich the analysis of consumer behavior in the market for green products in the context of a developing country by identifying barriers to their purchase and a better understanding of the predictors of consumer behavior on the market for green products.

  • Page Range: 1119-1128
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: English