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Public Understanding of Product Lifetimes and Durability - EV0520

Description
The research aims to identify consumer attitudes and behaviours that may represent either barriers to or opportunities for developing longer lifetimes for a wide range of products.
It involves three elements. First, a literature review to look at existing work on attitudes towards durability. Secondly, initial primary, qualitative research in the form of twelve discussion groups into consumer understanding of product lifetimes including consumers’ motivations for purchasing products and their attitudes and behaviours towards the products they use and dispose of. Thirdly, further primary qualitative research in the form of ten discussion groups to identify within consumer attitudes and behaviours barriers to, and opportunities for, product re-use, with particular emphasis on ‘bulky’ waste items.
Overall, the findings will contribute to the evidence base relating to the potential role of consumers in improving the sustainability of consumption patterns.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : EV0520 Public Understanding of Product Lifetimes - Final Report Part 1   (1902k)
• FRP - Final Report : EV0520 Public Understanding of Product Lifetimes - Final Report Part 2   (1815k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2010

Cost: £54,758
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Brook Lyndhurst
Keywords
Attitudes              
Behaviour change              
Consumer              
Social Research              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production