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Sustainable consumption: sacrificing for the future

Quoquab Habib, Farzana and Al-Nusairat, Jihad Mohammad Dhahi (2015) Sustainable consumption: sacrificing for the future. In: 6th International Research Symposium in Service Management (IRSSM-6), 11-15 August, 2015, Kuching, Sawarak.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2016.05.449


The present paper attempts to shed some light on the sustainable view of consumption. Particularly, this paper seeks to answer the following questions: (i) How does sustainable consumption vary from the conventional view of consumerism? (ii) What are the dictates regarding sustainable consumption and (iii) What are the barriers to embrace sustainable consumption practices? Relevant literature is critically reviewed to answer the research questions. It is found that conventional view of consumerism greatly varies from sustainable consumption in five aspects: (i) focus, (ii) orientation, (iii) types of needs and wants to be fulfilled, (iv) compatibility with religious views, and (v) characteristics. Review of literature also suggests that there are five basic ordains of sustainable consumption, which include: (i) conscious attempts to meet basic needs, (ii) moderation in expenditure, (iii) focus on quality life rather than materialism, (iv) care for future generation, and (v) care for environmental consequences. Lastly, the possible reasons for the shortfall of present day consumers are also highlighted. The present paper contributes to the knowledge by discussing consumption phenomenon from sustainability perspective and by clearly distinguishing this view of consumption from traditional view of consumption. Furthermore, pointing on the necessity of sustainable consumption, the present research calls for more research to consider sustainability standards in order to promote sustainable consumption practices.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:environmental consequences, sustainability standards
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions:International Business School
ID Code:60803
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:01 Mar 2017 06:43
Last Modified:06 Aug 2017 06:49

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