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Activism: A Strong Predictor of Proactive Environmentally Friendly Buying Behavior in Turkey


  • Ahu Ergen

    (Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi, Abide-i Hürriyet Tepesi No.316 Şişli, İstanbul 34363,Turkey)

  • Filiz Bozkurt

    (Doğuş Üniversitesi, Acıbadem, Kadıköy, İstanbul 34722, Turkey)

  • Caner Giray

    (PhD in Marketing, Lecturer, Ä°stanbul, Turkey)


The market for environmentally friendly products in Turkey is growing, and marketing experts are trying to understand the behavior of the consumers in this market with the help of variables such as demographic factors, information, attitudes, values and life styles. This study analyzes the effects of environmental activism, environmental knowledge and the perceived seriousness of environmental problems on green buying behavior. The study involved 516 Turkish consumers, over eighteen years of age. The results show that environmental activism, environmental knowledge and the perceived seriousness of environmental problems are all meaningful factors in environmentally friendly buying behavior. It was found that the most explanatory variables are environmental activism for proactive environmentally friendly buying behavior and the perceived seriousness of environmental problems for optional environmentally friendly buying behavior. The study is significant since it will offer insights for green marketing experts who especially target specific segments as activists, voluntary simplifiers or green consumers in Turkey.

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  • Ahu Ergen & Filiz Bozkurt & Caner Giray, 2014. "Activism: A Strong Predictor of Proactive Environmentally Friendly Buying Behavior in Turkey," International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science, Society for the Study of Business & Finance, vol. 3(1), pages 130-142, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:rbs:ijbrss:v:3:y:2014:i:1:p:130-142

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