Reducing plastic bag consumption: A community approach to social marketing

Moraes, Caroline; Carrigan, Marylyn and Leek, Sheena (2010). Reducing plastic bag consumption: A community approach to social marketing. In: 2010 European Conference of the Association of Consumer Research, 30 Jun - 3 Jul, Royal Holloway, University of London.



Traditionally, CSR discourse has focused on multinational corporations. However, the present work’s starting point was the following question: can consumer-leaders and responsible SMEs help foster societal change toward sustainable consumption? By drawing on the literature about ethical consumption and community-based social marketing, we suggest community leaders and small organizations can play a major role in this process. Through the use of news articles, broadcasts, websites, and documentaries, we compiled the Modbury case. Modbury, an iconic ‘plastic bag-free’ English town, is used as an exemplar of how a consumer activist alongside small firms can change communities, and encourage environmentally-friendly consumer behavior.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 21718
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  • Conference or Workshop Item
  • Keywords
  • social marketing; ethical consumption; community;
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  • © 2010 The Authors
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  • Marylyn Carrigan