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Sustainability 2010, 2(9), 2849-2872; doi:10.3390/su2092849
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Can New Perspectives on Sustainability Drive Lifestyles?

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Received: 21 June 2010 / Accepted: 3 September 2010 / Published: 13 September 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Consumption)
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Abstract

Understanding sustainability engages multiple views in a wide spectrum of technological, social and political positions. Over the last two decades it appears that an evolutionary process reflects a changing sustainability paradigm. At the basis of this changing paradigm remain strong principles of dematerialization, reflected in cuts in natural resource consumption, changing pathways to overcome lock-ins, mastering the art of economic innovation with ecological principles. This may engage new consumption attitudes and behavior. This review paper adopts a holistic and integrated sustainability perspective, suggesting a mix-and-match approach to engage more context specific designs for sustainability to look into principles of consumption behavior and people’s motivation in choosing their lifestyle.
Keywords: sustainability; lifestyles; consumer behavior sustainability; lifestyles; consumer behavior
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).
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Partidario, M.R.; Vicente, G.; Belchior, C. Can New Perspectives on Sustainability Drive Lifestyles? Sustainability 2010, 2, 2849-2872.

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