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„Future Generations“ and Sustainable Consumption

Vol. 8, No 4, 2015

Noémi Csigéné Nagypál

 

Department of Environmental Economics,

Budapest University of Technology and Economics,

Budapest, Hungary

 

nagypaln@eik.bme.hu

„FUTURE GENERATIONS“ AND SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION

 

Georgina Görög

 

Department of Environmental Economics,

Budapest University of Technology and Economics,

Budapest, Hungary

 

gorogg@eik.bme.hu

 

Piroska Harazin

 

Department of Environmental Economics,

Budapest University of Technology and Economics,

Budapest, Hungary

 

harazin@eik.bme.hu

 

Rita Péterné Baranyi

 

Department of Environmental Economics,

Budapest University of Technology and Economics,

Budapest, Hungary

 

baranyi@eik.bme.hu

Abstract. The paper is based on the topic of sustainable consumption. The authors describe the main definitions and concepts of sustainable consumption using international literature review, however in a narrow sense, concentrate on eco-labelling. Eco-labels and eco-labelling are introduced and their role in sustainable consumption is emphasized by examining the interests of consumers and producers. The secondary comprehensive research is the base of a questionnaire research, which examines the knowledge and attitude (consumer behavior) in connection with sustainable consumption and also eco-labels. This research focuses on the interpretation and the factors of sustainable consumption, in  addition the influencing factors of choosing eco-labelled products; within the sample of Hungarian university students who are the members of “future generations”. Results of the questionnaire research show the interests on sustainable consumption and eco-labelling; and also highlight the improving fields in raising awareness.

Received: May, 2015

1st Revision: October, 2015

Accepted: December, 2015

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2015/8-4/15

JEL Classification:Q5, Q59, M3

Keywords: sustainable consumption, eco-labels, resource-efficiency, consumer behavior.