Influence of demographics and motivational factors on US consumer clothing and shoes disposal behavior

Shaghayegh Rezaei Arangdad (College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
Kristin Thoney-Barletta (Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
Jeff Joines (Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
Lori Rothenberg (Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Publication date: 9 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study clothing and shoes disposal behavior of US consumers in an attempt to understand how to divert more clothing and shoes from the landfill.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey was administered to 209 consumers from the general US population. The survey includes questions on demographics, methods of disposal and factors that motivate or prevent consumers from choosing methods other than throwing unwanted clothing in the trash.

Findings

Analysis of demographic data from the survey indicates that gender, income, marital status, living arrangement and type of dwelling have an effect on whether consumers recycle textiles. Other survey results indicate that helping factors are more influential in motivating consumers to recycle clothing and shoes than economic factors. The condition of clothes and shoes and lack of awareness are the most prominent reasons preventing consumers from recycling more textiles. The results also show that there are statistically significant differences between households with and without children when it comes to disposing adults’ clothing and shoes.

Originality/value

These results may help policymakers who want to motivate consumers to recycle or develop recycling programs.

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Citation

Rezaei Arangdad, S., Thoney-Barletta, K., Joines, J. and Rothenberg, L. (2019), "Influence of demographics and motivational factors on US consumer clothing and shoes disposal behavior", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 170-188. https://doi.org/10.1108/RJTA-08-2018-0051

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