Consumption in a sustainable economy

Consumption in a sustainable economy

Consumption plays a core role in a more sustainable society, based on circular economy and renewable resources. For many products, a lifecycle analysis shows that the emissions in the consumption phase exceed those from production. 

The decisions that the consumer can make to accelerate the development towards a low-emission, closed cycle economy are manifold. One important aspect is the purchase and use of durable and repairable products. However, this also requires that such products be produced. In this sense, eco-design plays an increasing role to enable long-term use, reparability, dismantling and reuse. 

Nevertheless, it should not be underestimated how strongly non-technical aspects play a role here. Repairable and durable products must be bought even if they cost more. Information and education are therefore also at the center of a path towards a Closed Cycle Economy. 

This section contains with the following single topics:

  • Degrowth and sufficiency
  • Nutrition
  • Mobility (everyday life, leisure and holidays)
  • Clothing
  • Living
  • Sustainable lifestyle concepts

Consumption in a sustainable economy