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Giving the consumer the choice: A methodology for Product Ecological Footprint calculation

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  • Mamouni Limnios, Elena Alexandra
  • Ghadouani, Anas
  • Schilizzi, Steven G.M.
  • Mazzarol, Tim
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    As global consumption increases we are faced with a major threat; exceeding the Earth's capacity to create new resources and absorb waste. In the present study we develop a self-improving, market-driven process of ecological footprinting of products, proposed as a means to give consumers a real choice in actively monitoring and reducing their ecological impact. We conduct a small scale case study to illustrate first stage calculations. A wider market application of higher accuracy second or third stage calculations changes market information dynamics, as ecological information is internalized for consumers. Potential impacts on purchasing behavior, demand and eco-technological innovation are discussed.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

    Volume (Year): 68 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 10 (August)
    Pages: 2525-2534

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:68:y:2009:i:10:p:2525-2534

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    Keywords: Product ecological footprint Accounting Activity based costing Consumer behaviour Environmental labelling Eco-labelling International trade;

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