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Transition towards sustainability : adoption of eco-products among consumers
ID Hojnik, Jana (Author), ID Ruzzier, Mitja (Author), ID Konečnik Ruzzier, Maja (Author)

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Abstract
Transition to sustainability is a long-term challenge which should also actively engage consumers, as consumption causes environmental stress. In order to understand how consumers adopt eco-products, we conducted an extensive literature review of green consumerism and presented findings of 47 previous research works. In addition, this study’s aim was to explore whether consumers remain only concerned about the environment or whether they actually make a difference. Moreover, we examined gender differences. Because the relationship between consumers’ environmental concern and purchase intention is not straightforward, we aimed to explore the effect of consumers’ environmental concern on their purchase intention. The purpose of this paper was to explore how consumers’ familiarity with and consciousness of eco-products and their perceived sense of environmental responsibility mediate the relationship between consumers’ environmental concern and their purchase intention. We used structural equation modeling to test the proposed conceptual model based on a sample of 705 Slovenian consumers. Our findings suggest that all the above-mentioned constructs mediate the relationship between consumers’ environmental concern and their purchase intention in relation to eco-products. However, consumers’ consciousness of eco-products has the greatest effect in channeling environmental concern into purchase intention of eco-products. In addition, the findings indicate that female consumers express greater environmental concern, consciousness of eco-products, and perceived environmental responsibility than male consumers. The paper concludes with policy and managerial implications, theoretical implications, limitations of the study, and future research directions based on the findings of consumers’ perspectives.

Language:English
Keywords:ecology, marketing, consumer behaviour, literature review, environmental concern, consumer’s familiarity with eco-products, consumer’s consciousness of eco-products, consumer’s perceived sense of environmental responsibility, purchase intention, green consumerism
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:EF - School of Economics and Business
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Year:2019
Number of pages:29 str.
Numbering:Vol. 11, iss. 16, art. 4308
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-132859 This link opens in a new window
UDC:339.138
ISSN on article:2071-1050
DOI:10.3390/su11164308 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:25217766 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:05.11.2021
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Record is a part of a journal

Title:Sustainability
Shortened title:Sustainability
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
COBISS.SI-ID:5324897 This link opens in a new window

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License:CC BY 4.0, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Link:http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Description:This is the standard Creative Commons license that gives others maximum freedom to do what they want with the work as long as they credit the author.
Licensing start date:09.08.2019

Secondary language

Language:Slovenian
Keywords:ekologija, trženje, vedenje potrošnikov

Projects

Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:1000-17-1988

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