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Consumer interest and willingness to pay for in-bulk products with reusable packaging options

Valérie Patreau, Sophie Bernard, Justin Leroux, Marie Bellemare and Joliann Morissette

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Consumers are looking for solutions to reduce waste at source, especially plastic waste from single-use packaging. Simply recycling packaging will not be enough and reduction at the source must be emphasized as part of a sustainable circular economy. Selling products in bulk using reusable containers is one of the emerging paths of the zero waste movement. To achieve this, it is necessary to change consumption patterns and behaviors. Our goal is to better understand how source reduction of plastic packaging can be an asset in a zero waste objective. Using a contingent valuation method, we conducted a large pan-Canadian survey on the purchasing preferences of 2002 Canadian households to analyze the willingness to pay (WTP) for different food and household products. Results indicate that most consumers do not appear to be willing to pay more for bulk products with reusable packaging even if they are interested in buying more bulk products. Different socio-demographic and attitudinal parameters, such as age, gender, sense of convenience, and pro-environmental behaviors, influence willingness to buy and pay. The originality of this work is to provide an economic perspective on the reduction of single-use containers and changes in consumption practices in the context of the zero waste movement and the circular economy.

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willingness to pay (WTP), contingent valuation, zero waste, plastic, reusable packaging, bulk, source reduction, eco-modulation

Subjects: 1600 Industrial engineering > 1600 Industrial engineering
Department: Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
Research Center: CIRANO - Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations
Funders: Mitacs, Équiterre, RRECQ (Réseau de Recherche en Économie Circulaire du Québec)
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/54368/
Journal Title: Frontiers in Sustainability (vol. 4)
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
DOI: 10.3389/frsus.2023.1228917
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3389/frsus.2023.1228917
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2023 14:30
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2023 02:45
Cite in APA 7: Patreau, V., Bernard, S., Leroux, J., Bellemare, M., & Morissette, J. (2023). Consumer interest and willingness to pay for in-bulk products with reusable packaging options. Frontiers in Sustainability, 4, 1228917. https://doi.org/10.3389/frsus.2023.1228917


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