Gen Z: the Eco Conscious Generation

In the age of eco-awareness, Generation Z (born 1997-2012) emerges as a diverse and tech-savvy force, reshaping consumer habits. This report uncovers Gen Z’s strong commitment to sustainability, with a whopping 73% willing to spend more on eco-friendly products. For businesses, it’s a key guide to understanding and connecting with this green-conscious generation.

Key Insights

1. Gen Z’s Eco-Conscious Values

  • Gen Z, the most diverse and digitally connected generation, grew up in a world defined by climate change and environmental concerns.
  • 82% of Gen Z expresses concern about the state of the planet, and an impressive 72% have proactively altered their behavior to diminish their environmental impact.

2. Financial Impact

  • 62% of Gen Z prefer to buy from sustainable brands and 73% are ready to allocate additional funds for ethically sourced products.

3. Expectations from Businesses

  • 56% of Gen Z asserting that businesses should take responsibility for environmental issues and 72% believes companies must be held accountable for their environmental impact, setting high standards for corporate responsibility.

Business Benefits of Sustainability

1. Increased Customer Loyalty

  • The report underscores the fact that 91% of consumers are likely to switch to a brand supporting a good cause, showcasing the potential for increased customer loyalty.
  • A substantial 62% are willing to open their wallets wider for products associated with such socially responsible brands.

2. Cost Savings

  • The implementation of energy-saving measures can lead to significant savings, with businesses potentially reducing energy bills up to 20%.

3. Improved Brand Reputation  

  • 81% of global respondents feel that companies should contribute to improving the environment.
  • 73% express a willingness to adjust consumption habits to reduce environmental impact.

4. Employee Attraction and Retention

  •  75% of Gen Zers prioritize sustainability when considering job opportunities, emphasizing the strategic importance of aligning business practices with environmental values.

Case Studies

The report features global case studies highlighting successful marketing strategies:

Gen Z’s Desires on Workplace

As Generation Z steps onto the professional stage, profound shifts are redefining corporate culture. Debunking stereotypes, a revealing study showcases that nearly one-third of Gen Z identifies as the hardest-working generation, with 76% taking personal responsibility for their careers, exemplified by a willingness to work unconventional hours for higher pay, challenging preconceived notions about their work ethic. Motivated by imperatives such as financial security, a heightened environmental consciousness, and a preference for structured work environments, Gen Z is not merely entering but actively shaping workplace expectations. Their desires manifest in key areas:

  • Sustainable Practices:
    • 74% of Gen Z employees prioritize working for companies with aligned policies and practices.
    • Prioritize renewable energy, waste reduction, and ethical sourcing.
  • Financial Well-being:
    • 70% of Gen Z struggles with overall financial situations.
    • Solutions involve auto-enrollment in retirement plans and personalized financial resources.
  • Inclusive Culture:
    • 74% of Gen Z prioritizes working in a diverse and inclusive workplace.
    • Strategies include formal DEI policies and support for diverse family structures.

Marketing Tips for Gen Z

A comprehensive report by Media Cat Magazine, underscores the profound influence of Gen Z in reshaping corporate strategies:

1. Product Development

  • Encourage sustainability by prioritizing eco-friendly materials and production methods in product development.

2. Transparent Messaging

  • Foster trust through transparent communication about sustainability efforts, building an authentic connection with the environmentally conscious Gen Z.

3. Sustainable Packaging

  • Address growing concerns about plastic waste by adopting sustainable packaging solutions, aligning with Gen Z’s environmental values.

4. Support Causes

  • Forge meaningful connections by supporting environmental causes that resonate with Gen Z’s values, demonstrating a genuine commitment to positive change.

5. Engage with Gen Z on Social Media

  • Leverage the power of social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter to build relationships with Gen Z. Share engaging content that highlights your brand’s sustainability initiatives, creating a narrative that aligns with their values.


As Generation Z assumes the mantle of consumer influence, businesses find themselves at a critical juncture, requiring a strategic realignment with the eco-conscious values defining this generation. Prioritizing sustainability is not only a moral imperative but a strategic necessity, offering financial benefits, heightened brand loyalty, and a positive societal impact.

Embracing sustainable practices and transparent communication is pivotal in effectively connecting with Gen Z. This report serves as a comprehensive guide for marketers navigating the dynamic landscape shaped by a generation that prioritizes environmental consciousness, signaling a new era of responsible and sustainable business practices.

Statistics Source: Market Research Resources – Blog by Jodie Shaw.

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