The role of social processes for sustainable consumption

Tania Briceno*, Sigrid Stagl

*Corresponding author for this work

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


Rethinking the role consumption plays in individual well-being and societal development is key for addressing pressing environmental problems. We perceive the need to envision consumption as a social activity, which requires the active engagement of consumers in order to better enhance their quality of life. The paper focuses on the framework of Product Service Systems, one particular programme for more sustainable consumption. After reviewing the potential benefits and limitations of this programme, we explore the opportunities to learn from participatory and community-based strategies like LETS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1541-1551
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Innovation
  • LETS
  • Needs
  • Product service system
  • Social capital
  • Sustainable consumption

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