Nielsen, K. et al.The motivation–impact gap in pro-environmental clothing consumption


Autorinnen und Autoren:
Kristian S. Nielsen, Cameron Brick, Wilhelm Hofmann, Tina Joanes, Florian Lange & Wencke Gwozdz 

Mai 2022

Nature Sustainability 2022

Accurate models of pro-environmental behavior can support environmental sustainability. Previous studies identifying the psychological predictors of pro-environmental behavior rarely accounted for environmental impact. The authors studied the greenhouse gas emissions of clothing purchasing across four countries. Clothing purchasing is responsible for 2–3 percent of global emissions and severe, local environmental degradation. They found, using multiple regression analyses, that psychological factors like attitudes and personal norms strongly predicted a common self-reported behavior scale of clothing purchasing but only weakly predicted clothing-related greenhouse gas emissions. This result challenges widespread inferences using pro-environmental behavior scales and suggests that psychological factors may be a poor predictor of clothing-related environmental impact.

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