The effect of an environmental claim on consumers' perceptions about luxury and utilitarian products

Yael Steinhart, Ofira Ayalon, Hila Puterman

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Abstract

This research examines how an environmental claim - an eco-label with a message about a product causing less damage to the environment - differently affects consumers' evaluations of utilitarian products and of luxuries. The results of two online studies show that consumers perceive an environmental claim as being a utilitarian aspect of a product, and, therefore, such claims may enhance consumers' evaluations of utilitarian products, especially when the content of the claim emphasizes global-environmental benefits. In addition, the environmental claim may improve evaluations of luxury products by providing available justification to indulge and use luxuries. The latter effect is enhanced when the content of the environmental claim emphasizes personal-social benefits, related to the user's social status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-286
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume53
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Aug 2013

Keywords

  • Eco-labels
  • Environmental claim
  • Luxury product
  • Utilitarian product

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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