Fostering sustainable consumption: A psychological approach.

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Title Fostering sustainable consumption: A psychological approach.
Author Perkins, Helen Elizabeth
Publication Title Proceedings of EIRASS July 2010
Editor Harry Timmermans
Year Published 2010
Abstract This paper addresses the growing problems of excessive and unsustainable per capita consumption levels in the developed world. These problems are particularly urgent in the current context of ongoing destruction of the natural environment and degradation of planetary living systems, now considered to be reaching catastrophic proportions (Dietz, Ostrom, & Stern, 2003). It is therefore important to determine those factors that have a significant influence on more environmentally sensitive choices by consumers to help reduce our collective ecological footprint. In a recent quantitative study, it appears that tourists' levels of love and care for nature and pro-environmental values have a significant influence on pro-environmental choices and behaviour, and this influence seemed to be particularly important when more effort or sacrifice is required of individuals (Perkins, 2009). It will be useful to examine these effects within a broader population of consumers, not confined to tourists, using similar quantitative measures, in order to test the robustness of these previous findings and thus determine if there are implications for general consumer behaviour. Results of this proposed research will assist in identifying the relative size and psychological characteristics of the environmentally sensitive and aware consumer who may make many purchasing decisions based on their love and caring for nature. Moreover, such consumers may be willing to pay significantly more for appropriate environmental credentials and assurances associated with every day products and services. The findings could have significant implications for producers, suppliers and marketers wishing to target a group of environmentally responsible consumers.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Conference name EIRASS
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Date From 2010-07-02
Date To 2010-07-05
Date Accessioned 2011-01-19
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Social and Community Psychology
Publication Type Conference Publications (Extract Paper)
Publication Type Code e3

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