A multi-country level analysis of the environmental attitudes and behaviours among young consumers

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Authors: do Paço, A., Alves, H., Shiel, C. and Filho, W.L.


Journal: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

Volume: 56

Issue: 10

Pages: 1532-1548

eISSN: 1360-0559

ISSN: 0964-0568

DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2012.733310

Environmental issues have become more prominent internationally and are increasingly featured in discussion by governments, business and academics. This paper presents the results of a study which examines the concerns for environmental issues and purchase behaviours of a sample of 1173 young consumers in England, Germany, Portugal and Spain; countries which represent different realities in terms of economic development, social context and cultural issues. An analysis of the differences between the respondents from the four countries regarding concepts such as man-nature orientation, generativity, environmental concern, consumer perceived effectiveness, conservation behaviour and environmentally-friendly buying behaviour is presented. The results obtained confirm the existence of significant differences between countries for almost all variables. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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