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Sustainable Consumer Services: Business Solutions for Household Markets

By: Minna Halme

192 pages, no illustrations


Paperback | Jan 2008 | #170107 | ISBN-13: 9781844075119
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Hardback | Dec 2005 | #157595 | ISBN: 1844072096
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About this book

Sustainable consumer services for household markets - i.e. services that are offered to a consumer at the premises such as home delivery of organic food, appliance leasing, mobile laundry services or car pool schemes - are viewed by many as the way forward in reducing material consumption while turning a profit. Yet until now there has been little information to guide the development of such business models and practices and to develop ways to make service-based consumption models more attractive to consumers than object-ownership-based models. This book sheds light on the missing links of sustainable household service competitiveness by providing best-practice examples and surveys of consumer behaviour to show how such services can be provided cost-effectively and garner tremendous benefits for consumers and service providers, be they public, private or non-profit, as well as the environment.

'This book represents state of the art knowledge about sustainable services. It provides rich and broad pictures of today's situation, a possible future and ways to get from one to the other' Journal of Cleaner Production


Win - Win - Win? Ecologically, Socially and Economically Sound Services; Innovative Homeservice Examples and their Sustainability Effects; What Conditions the Demand for Sustainable Household Services?; Who Provides Homeservices?; Drivers and Hindrances of Sustainable Homeservices; Business Models and Service Development; Rediscovering Immaterial Pleasure; Bibliography, Index.

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Minna Halme (Finland), Gabriele Hrauda (Austria), Christine Jasch, Jaap Kortman (The Netherlands), Helga Jonuschat (Germany), Michael Scharp (Germany), Daniela Velte (Spain) and Paula Trindade (Portugal)

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