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ERIC Number: EJ884686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1533-015X
Developing a Benchmark Tool for Sustainable Consumption: An Iterative Process
Heiskanen, E.; Timonen, P.; Nissinen, A.; Gronroos, J.; Honkanen, A.; Katajajuuri, J. -M.; Kettunen, J.; Kurppa, S.; Makinen, T.; Seppala, J.; Silvenius, F.; Virtanen, Y.; Voutilainen, P.
Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v6 n2 p127-137 2007
This article presents the development process of a consumer-oriented, illustrative benchmarking tool enabling consumers to use the results of environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) to make informed decisions. LCA provides a wealth of information on the environmental impacts of products, but its results are very difficult to present concisely and in a way that is understandable to non-experts. A participatory co-development process was thus deemed necessary to create an easy-to-use presentation format. A brochure presenting the benchmarking tool was developed in an iterative process involving consumer focus groups, stakeholder workshops, and questionnaire-based feedback. The co-development process proved its value: in addition to learning what works and what does not, detailed suggestions on improved wording and figures were obtained, as well as a wealth of ideas for future applications. (Contains 3 figures and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland