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When creative consumers go green: understanding consumer upcycling
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM).
2016 (English)In: Journal of Product & Brand Management, ISSN 1061-0421, Vol. 25, no 4, 394-399 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - Consumers are known to repurpose products for uses other than those they were originally intended for; this paper aims to focus on an environmentally conscious form of creative consumption known as upcycling. Design/methodology/approach - This conceptual paper presents and defines the consumer practice of upcycling. Findings - The author identifies gaps in the literature regarding consumer upcycling and identifies avenues for future research and theory development. Research limitations/implications - Upcycling has considerable implications with respect to end-of-life planning for products. Originality/value - This research identifies consumer upcycling as an environmentally beneficial form of creative consumption and discusses its implications for firms.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016. Vol. 25, no 4, 394-399 p.
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Consumer innovation, Creative consumers, Consumer recycling, Creative consumption, Environmentalism, Upcycling
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Environmental Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-193271DOI: 10.1108/JPBM-09-2015-0972ISI: 000382559600009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84979657076OAI: diva2:1033572

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Available from: 2016-10-07 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2016-10-07Bibliographically approved

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