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    The influences of the COVID-19 pandemic on sustainable consumption: an international study

    Leal Filho, W, Salvia, AL, Paço, A, Dinis, MAP, Vidal, DG, Da Cunha, DA, de Vasconcelos, CR, Baumgartner, RJ, Rampasso, I, Anholon, R, Doni, F, Sonetti, G, Azeiteiro, U, Carvalho, S and Ríos, FJM (2022) The influences of the COVID-19 pandemic on sustainable consumption: an international study. Environmental Sciences Europe, 34 (1). p. 54. ISSN 2190-4707

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    Background: Sustainable production and consumption are two important issues, which mutually interact. Whereas individuals have little direct influence on the former, they can play a key role on the latter. This paper describes the subject matter of sustainable consumption and outlines its key features. It also describes some international initiatives in this field. Results: By means of an international survey, the study explores the emphasis given to sustainable consumption during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the degree of preparedness in individuals to engage in the purchase of green and sustainably manufactured products. The main results indicate that the pandemic offered an opportunity to promote sustainable consumption; nevertheless, the pandemic alone cannot be regarded as a ‘game changer’ in this topic. Conclusions: Apart from an online survey with responses from 31 countries, which makes it one of the most representative studies on the topic, a logit model was used to analyse the main variables that affect the probability of pro-environmental consumption behaviour because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper lists some of the technological and social innovations that may be needed, so as to guide more sustainable consumption patterns in a post-pandemic world.

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