Consumer clothing disposal behaviour: A comparative study

Constanza Bianchi, Grete Birtwistle

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Fast fashion retailing is leading consumers towards an increased rate of purchasing and the trend to keep clothing for an ever shorter time with the resulting rise in clothing disposal. The aim of this paper is to empirically explore antecedents of two methods of sustainable clothing disposal behaviour in two countries: donating to charities and giving away to family and friends. Using data from females located in Australia and Chile, the authors test the proposed model with structural equation modelling (SEM). The results of this study show that consumer recycling behaviour is a strong and direct driver of donating to charity. In addition, results find that consumer awareness of the environment and consumer age affect donating behaviour. The findings have value for fast fashion retailers, marketers, environmental activists, ecological researchers, charity institutions and public policy makers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-341
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Consumer Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Australia
  • Chile
  • Clothing
  • Consumer
  • Disposal


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