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Can New Perspectives on Sustainability Drive Lifestyles?

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  • Maria R. Partidario

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    (IST-DECivil e Arquitectura, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal)

  • Gustavo Vicente

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    (IST-DECivil e Arquitectura, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal)

  • Constança Belchior

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    (IST-DECivil e Arquitectura, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal)

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    Abstract

    Understanding sustainability engages multiple views in a wide spectrum of technological, social and political positions. Over the last two decades it appears that an evolutionary process reflects a changing sustainability paradigm. At the basis of this changing paradigm remain strong principles of dematerialization, reflected in cuts in natural resource consumption, changing pathways to overcome lock-ins, mastering the art of economic innovation with ecological principles. This may engage new consumption attitudes and behavior. This review paper adopts a holistic and integrated sustainability perspective, suggesting a mix-and-match approach to engage more context specific designs for sustainability to look into principles of consumption behavior and people’s motivation in choosing their lifestyle.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 9 (September)
    Pages: 2849-2872

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    Keywords: sustainability; lifestyles; consumer behavior;

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