Consumer perspectives on product lifetimes: a national study of lifetime satisfaction and purchasing factors

Gnanapragasam, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8777-4847, Cooper, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-8623-2918, Cole, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-5681-827X and Oguchi, M., 2017. Consumer perspectives on product lifetimes: a national study of lifetime satisfaction and purchasing factors. In: Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) 2017 Conference, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, 8-10 November 2017.

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The extension of product lifetimes of consumer goods has the potential to encourage sustainable consumption, reduce carbon emissions and facilitate a transition to a circular economy. However, current understandings of consumer perspectives on product lifetimes are limited. This paper presents the findings of the first national study of consumer satisfaction with product lifetimes across an exhaustive range of consumer durables. The research was undertaken in the United Kingdom where consumer satisfaction and purchasing factors were studied across eighteen product categories. These product categories were devised from academic and market research undertaken at Nottingham Trent University. In total, 2,207 participants completed the survey and the sample profile was similar to the United Kingdom's population with respect to age and gender. The results indicate that consumers appear generally satisfied with the lifetimes of their products and suggest that efforts to extend product lifetimes should focus on developing business and policy options. However, participants also emphasised that longevity, reliability and guarantee length were important factors in their purchasing decisions. Consumer interest in these factors could indicate that lifetime labelling and the promotion of longer guarantees by manufacturers and retailers may offer pathways to reduce energy and material consumption associated with short-lived products, facilitating movement towards a low carbon circular economy.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Gnanapragasam, A., Cooper, T., Cole, C. and Oguchi, M.
Date: November 2017
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 28 Sep 2017 08:55
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 09:31

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