Institutionalization of sustainable consumption patterns based on shared use

Mont begins the article by outlining history of consumption, its consequences, and the sociological and anthropological undertones in consumption patterns. She then pivots the conversation to Product Service Sytems, defining it and explaining ist background. In brief, she charactizes PSS well as "the idea that people do not necessarily want a material product, rather utility." Importantly she acknowledges that there is not an inherrent link to environmental sustainability and PSS, stating instances where the producers and services providers are detached can lead to limited improvements of product efficiency. Furthermore, she provides three case studies of PSS; car sharing, laundry services, and shared power tools. She discusses the potential benefits of car sharing, citing numbers and the wide embrace of CSOs by governments and markets. However, she also identifies potential flaws; car sharing is often not purely circular; cars, after a 2 - 3 year time period of being shared are often sold off to private consumers as second hand vehicles.


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Oksana Mont

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The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University

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