Investigating consumer behaviour for environmental, sustainable and social apparel

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jin Su, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate consumers' perceptions of and consumer behaviour towards apparel labels and environmental, sustainable and social apparel. Design/methodology/approach: Quantitative research was conducted, and empirical data were collected from 399 US consumers. Findings: Findings indicate that consumers expressed positive sentiments towards apparel sustainability, yet they lacked knowledge about socially and environmental practices within the apparel industry. Overall, it is apparent that the respondents have an interest in environmental and social labelling; but they are not aware of brands that sell these types of garments nor their validity. It was also found that consumers may not have much knowledge regarding environmental, sustainable and social apparel or their meanings. Originality/value: By surveying the consumers about their perspectives on apparel labels and environmental, sustainable and social apparel, valuable market information was obtained. Sustainably and ethically produced garments are of demand as transparency in the apparel industry grows. Brands looking to become more transparent about their production methods will need to find new ways to reach their target market by accurately labelling products and educating their consumers about these label claims.

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International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 33(3), 336-352.
Language: English
Date: 2021
apparel industry, apparel label, eco-label, sustainability, sustainable apparel, US consumers

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