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Environmental Innovation and Sustainability in Small Handicraft Businesses in Mexico

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  • Patricia S. Sánchez-Medina

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    (CIIDIR, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Calle Hornos No. 1003, Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca 71230, México)

  • Jack Corbett

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    (Portland State University, 1825 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA)

  • Arcelia Toledo-López

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    (CIIDIR, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Calle Hornos No. 1003, Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca 71230, México)

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    In this study, the relationship between environmental innovation and sustainability is analyzed in 168 handicraft businesses in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla, and Tlaxcala. The results show a direct, positive relationship between environmental innovation and sustainability in three dimensions: economic, social, and environmental. In terms of determination, the variables that best explain sustainability are: organization type, product innovation, and process innovation. The age of the handicraft businesses was not a significant factor in explaining sustainability. This study concludes that handicraft businesses make sustainable choices more as a result of a desire for profit maximization than as a result of environmental consciousness, as can be explained by neoclassical view of economics.

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    Volume (Year): 3 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 7 (July)
    Pages: 984-1002

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:3:y:2011:i:7:p:984-1002:d:13165

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