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People who try to be environmentally-friendly by buying less stuff are happier, study claims

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/buy-less-stuff

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People who try to be environmentally-friendly by buying less stuff are happier, study claims
Unsurprisingly, the results showed that the more materialistic a person was, the less likely they were to engage in reduced consumption. But they were still likely to engage in green buying - perhaps because it still involved obtaining new items."There is evidence that there are 'green materialists,...

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Sustaining the Environment

As the world becomes aware of the dangers of plastic and gets more environment-friendly, more and more people are restricting consumption and consumerism.

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Green Buying

Consumers who want to limit the impact on the environment, consume in two broad ways:

  • Green buying: Buying environmentally sustainable products.
  • Reduced consumption: Buying minim...

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Green Materialists

  • There are people who buy green but keep the consumption pattern up, becoming green materialists in the process.
  • High levels of materialism, whether green or not, is associated with bei...

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