Special Issue "Sustainable Consumption: Consumer Attitudes and Behaviors"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 2 February 2022.
Interests: consumer behavior; food marketing; organic products; regional products; sustainable consumption; ethnocentrism; country-of-origin effect; health claims; nutrition claims; food choice criteria
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
This Special Issue will comprise a selection of papers addressing sustainable consumption, including consumer attitudes and behaviors. Sustainable consumption and production are identified as essential requirements for sustainable development. Sustainable consumption can encompass both sustainable attitudes and sustainable behaviors. There is an “attitude–behavior gap” or “values–action gap”, as 30% of consumers report that they are very concerned about environmental issues, but are struggling to translate this into practice. Securing public participation in recycling, energy conservation measures, and green consumerism is a means of progressing toward sustainable consumption. Third-party certification labels on sustainable products provide brand-like information cues that reduce the perceived risk of sustainable products, but consumers must perceive them as credible to have their risk perceptions reduced. It is crucial to better explain and understand the holistic nature and complexity of sustainable consumer behavior in terms of its various stages (i.e., acquisition, usage, and post-use) within key behavioral functions, in particular mobility, housing, clothing, and food.
Some key research questions are as follows:
- What are the attitudes of consumers toward sustainable consumption in selected areas: mobility (e.g., electric cars and use of public transportation), housing (e.g., water and energy conservation, installation of solar panels and wind turbines), clothing (e.g., less frequent purchases and acceptance of second-hand items), food (e.g., reducing waste, selecting organic and local products, etc.)?
- What are the actual consumer behaviors in the same areas? How do they change over time?
- What is the level of the attitude–behavior gap or values–action gap in the various contexts of sustainable consumption, in various segments of consumers, in different cultures and countries?
- What is the effectiveness of various incentives to stimulate sustainable consumption (e.g., sustainable labeling, social marketing, and financial incentives)?
- What are the barriers to adopting sustainable consumption habits and lifestyles?
Dr. Paweł Bryła
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- sustainable consumer behavior
- green consumer behavior
- consumer attitudes to sustainable consumption
- attitude-behavior gap
- values-action gap
- sustainable labeling
- sustainable consumption incentives and barriers
- ecological citizenship