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Product development and responsible consumption:designing alternatives for sustainable lifestyles

Marchand, Anne and Walker, Stuart (2008) Product development and responsible consumption:designing alternatives for sustainable lifestyles. Journal of Cleaner Production, 16 (11). pp. 1163-1169.

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Abstract

This paper presents insights from a research project that examines the notion of ‘responsible consumption’, its relationship to consumer preferences and expectations, and its implications for product design and development. The paper discusses the issue of sustainable consumption in relation to product development and summarizes initial findings from a study conducted among people who consider themselves responsible consumers. Notably, four different profiles of ‘simplifiers’ are described. The study shows that people who took part in the research adopt more sustainable lifestyles not only because of an ecological consciousness, but also because of perceived personal factors or benefits. The study also reveals that participants have both a close and distant relationship to objects and that they prefer products that allow them to be engaged in the activity of “doing”. Product development strategies informed by these insights are explored. The paper suggests that product designers can support and encourage those already active or interested in orienting their consumption habits towards more sustainable solutions by envisioning appropriate ecologically and socially responsible product alternatives.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Cleaner Production
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design for sustainability ; Responsible consumers ; Sustainable lifestyles ; Voluntary simplifiers ; Material cultures
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 50291
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2011 14:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 19:37
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50291

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