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Sustainability 2010, 2(9), 2785-2798; doi:10.3390/su2092785
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Environmental Information—Explanatory Factors for Information Behavior

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Received: 15 July 2010; in revised form: 15 August 2010 / Accepted: 25 August 2010 / Published: 2 September 2010
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Abstract: As sustainable waste management has become an important environmental concern, growing emphasis is being given to policy tools aimed at increasing recycling behavior by households. Information is a common policy tool, but may not always reach the individuals whose behavior is being targeted, i.e., those reluctant to recycle. This study examined individual differences in attention to recycling information and demand for such information. A nationwide survey in Sweden showed that having personal norms for recycling is important when it comes to obeying and seeking environmentally relevant information. In contrast to earlier research, this study found that lack of information alone is not a significant antecedent to the intention to seek information. Personal norms were found to moderate the effect of perceived lack of information on the intention to seek information.
Keywords: information behavior; attention; recycling information; personal norms information behavior; attention; recycling information; personal norms
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Borgstede, C.; Andersson, K. Environmental Information—Explanatory Factors for Information Behavior. Sustainability 2010, 2, 2785-2798.

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Borgstede C, Andersson K. Environmental Information—Explanatory Factors for Information Behavior. Sustainability. 2010; 2(9):2785-2798.

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Borgstede, Chris von; Andersson, Kristin. 2010. "Environmental Information—Explanatory Factors for Information Behavior." Sustainability 2, no. 9: 2785-2798.


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