Flying in the face of environmental concern: why green consumers continue to fly.
McDonald, Seonaidh; Oates, Caroline J.; Thyne, Maree; Timmis, Andrew J.; Carlile, Claire
Caroline J. Oates
Andrew J. Timmis
Some unsustainable consumer behaviours have proved extremely hard to change or even challenge. Despite the fact that flying can be more damaging than any other activity that an individual can undertake, many otherwise green consumers still choose to fly, offering an opportunity to elicit narratives about the differences between their attitudes and behaviours. Qualitative interview data were gathered from self-selected green consumers and set within a cognitive dissonance analytical framework. Four strategies were uncovered: not changing travel behaviour (but offering justifications related to travel product, travel context or personal identity); reducing or restricting flights; changing other behaviours to compensate for flying; and stopping flying. This analysis furthers research on green consumer rationales for (un)sustainable behaviours and suggests several avenues for sustainable marketing management.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Aug 31, 2015|
|Journal||Journal of marketing management|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Institution Citation||MCDONALD, S., OATES, C.J., THYNE, M., TIMMIS, A.J. and CARLILE, C. 2015. Flying in the face of environmental concern: why green consumers continue to fly. Journal of marketing management [online], 31(13-14), pages 1503-1528. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/0267257X.2015.1059352|
|Keywords||Rationales; Attitude behaviour gap; Sustainability marketing; Cognitive dissonance; Sustainable consumption; Travel decisions|
MCDONALD 2013 Flying in the face of environmental
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