Next Article in Journal
Decomposition of Net CO2 Emission in the Wuhan Metropolitan Area of Central China
Next Article in Special Issue
Re-Introducing Consumption to the ‘Circular Economy’: A Sociotechnical Analysis of Domestic Food Provisioning
Previous Article in Journal
Sustaining Cultural and Natural Heritage in Albania
Previous Article in Special Issue
Towards a Circular Economy: The Role of Dutch Logistics Industries and Governments
Open AccessArticle

How Supportive Are Romanian Consumers of the Circular Economy Concept: A Survey

Department of Management and Economical Engineering, Faculty of Machine Building, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca 400641, Romania
Department of Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Materials and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca 400641, Romania
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Faculty of Engineering, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Sibiu 550024, Romania
Department of Economics, Accounting and International Business, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Craiova, Craiova 200585, Romania
Center for Innovation and Organizational Sustainability, Cluj-Napoca 400609, Romania
Academy of Romanian Scientists, Bucharest 010071, Romania
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 789;
Received: 30 April 2016 / Revised: 21 July 2016 / Accepted: 3 August 2016 / Published: 11 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Circular Economy)
The aim of this paper is to investigate consumer behavior regarding the environment and the adoption of new patterns of behavior and responsible consumption in the promotion of a Circular Economy (CE) in Romania. With this goal in mind, a questionnaire survey was performed on-line on a nationwide scale to explore consumers’ behaviors and attitudes, which was distributed in all four of Romania’s macro-regions and interviewing 642 respondents. The results indicate that the consumers have a positive attitude towards the importance of the environmental protection, in general and it also measures the frequency of adopting eco-friendly behaviors by the consumers, showing that the consumption behavior is not very consistent with the general attitude regarding environment. As a parallel, consumers are aware of the importance of CE business models, in general, both for the economy and for the environment, but the adoption of consumption patterns specific to CE business models, necessary for the development and the success of the CE business models, has a low probability in the absence of direct or indirect incentives and benefits fostering the adoption of these consumption patterns. In conclusion, the development of CE business models in Romania requires a national strategy, which includes means to sustain the adoption of necessary new consumption behaviors, besides awareness raising and educational campaigns for explaining to consumers the liaison and the impact of their behavior to the environment and to the economy. View Full-Text
Keywords: circular economy; sustainable production; sustainable consumption; business models; questionnaire circular economy; sustainable production; sustainable consumption; business models; questionnaire
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Lakatos, E.S.; Dan, V.; Cioca, L.I.; Bacali, L.; Ciobanu, A.M. How Supportive Are Romanian Consumers of the Circular Economy Concept: A Survey. Sustainability 2016, 8, 789.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Back to TopTop