Socially Responsible Consumer Behavior? Exploring Used Clothing Donation Behavior
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Most research on socially responsible consumer behavior has focused on consumer purchasing behavior, therefore, little is known about it during the product disposal stage. This study sought an in-depth understanding of consumer disposal behavior in a used clothing donation setting. An interpretive analysis revealed that the primary motivation for participants' used clothing donation behavior was the need to create space in the closet for something new. The threat of feelings of guilt played a significant role throughout the process prior to donation, specifically in the decision whether to discard or donate a clothing item. Participants experienced both utilitarian and hedonic values regarding their donation behavior, and these values in turn impacted future donation intentions. A conceptual model based on the study findings is proposed which integrates a Theory of Reasoned Action framework with a consumer values perspective. Study implications and future research avenues are also discussed.
Clothing & Textiles Research Journal, Volume 27, Number 3, July 2009, 179-196.