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Titel: Designing low-complexity electrical consumer products for ecological use.
Autor(en): Sauer, J.
Wiese, B. S.
Rüttinger, B.
Erscheinungsdatum: 2003
Zusammenfassung: This study examined the environmental impact of low-complexity electrical consumer products during their use in a domestic context. In the experimental scenario, 48 users were asked to use a kettle under different conditions. On-product information (OPI), task instruction, and kettle design were employed as independent variables in a mixed multi-factorial design to examine their effects on different parameters of ecological performance (e.g., water and electricity consumption). Measures of user variables (environmental concern, knowledge, domestic habits, environmental control beliefs) were also taken to examine their relationship with performance parameters. The results revealed main effects of ecological task instruction, OPI and (partly) kettle design on ecological user behaviour. Habits, environmental concern and control beliefs were found to be related to performance paramenters whereas knledge was not. The implications of the results for product design anre discussed against the background of a strong prevalence of habits and low ecological user motivation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11780/589
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