12 Mar '13, 1pm

Does recycling cause you to consume more?

Does recycling cause you to consume more?

A lot of eco-minded people will avoid purchasing items that they know will end up in the garbage. But do they also react in the opposite way by consuming more when they know that something will be recycled ? That seems to be the indication from a study published recently in the Journal of Consumer Psychology . The research was conducted by Jesse Catlin , an assistant professor at Washington State University Tri-Cities, and Yitong Wang , an assistant professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. They conducted two experiments to find out how much paper people used if they had the option to recycle their waste. The studies were partially funded by the project was funded in part by the Newkirk Center for Science and Society , which focuses on issues such as health and the environment as they related to community and quality of life. In the first experiment, two groups o...

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