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Sustainability 2011, 3(7), 984-1002; doi:10.3390/su3070984
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Environmental Innovation and Sustainability in Small Handicraft Businesses in Mexico

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Received: 3 May 2011 / Revised: 5 July 2011 / Accepted: 6 July 2011 / Published: 14 July 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Innovation and Environmental Sustainability)
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Abstract

In this study, the relationship between environmental innovation and sustainability is analyzed in 168 handicraft businesses in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla, and Tlaxcala. The results show a direct, positive relationship between environmental innovation and sustainability in three dimensions: economic, social, and environmental. In terms of determination, the variables that best explain sustainability are: organization type, product innovation, and process innovation. The age of the handicraft businesses was not a significant factor in explaining sustainability. This study concludes that handicraft businesses make sustainable choices more as a result of a desire for profit maximization than as a result of environmental consciousness, as can be explained by neoclassical view of economics.
Keywords: environmental innovation; sustainability; handicraft businesses environmental innovation; sustainability; handicraft businesses
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Sánchez-Medina, P.S.; Corbett, J.; Toledo-López, A. Environmental Innovation and Sustainability in Small Handicraft Businesses in Mexico. Sustainability 2011, 3, 984-1002.

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