A second life for objects? A sustainable practice

The conomic crisis has many consequences such as shrinking living standards and making the poor even poorer. Moreover, it questions our production and consumption models.
In the framework of a general reflection on sustainable consumption which favours a reduction in used resources and produced waste, the CRÉDOC has analysed the practices promoting the “second life” of objects: second hand purchase, joint purchasing, resale, renting, lending, giving, recycling… Two questions underlie this study: How widespread are these purchase and renunciation practices that promote the second life of consumer goods? What are the social and demographic determinants of these practices? After interviewing 1.000 people over 18, it is obvious that this second life phenomenon is significant and that the Internet helps it to grow. Depending on the goods, the purchase and renunciation practices are very different (car, clothes, mobile phone, computer, books…). While money is one of the main reasons, it also has to do with the life cycle of objects and the dissemination of ecological standards inside the society.

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