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Kristiina Aalto   Mrs.  Institute, Department or Faculty Head 
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Kristiina Aalto published an article in June 2012.
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Eva Heiskanen

13 shared publications

Consumer Society Research Centre, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Senja Susanna Laakso

5 shared publications

Department of Environmental Sciences, P.O. Box 65, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland

Michael Lettenmeier

4 shared publications

Research Group Sustainable Production and Consumption, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH, P.O. Box 10 04 80, Wuppertal 42004, Germany

Stefan Wahlen

4 shared publications

University of Helsinki, Finland

Satu Lähteenoja

1 shared publications

D-mat ltd., Purokatu 34, 15200 Lahti, Finland

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Article 0 Reads 12 Citations Material Footprint of Low-Income Households in Finland—Consequences for the Sustainability Debate Michael Lettenmeier, Tuuli Hirvilammi, Senja Susanna Laakso,... Published: 29 June 2012
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su4071426
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The article assesses the material footprints of households living on a minimum amount of social benefits in Finland and discusses the consequences in terms of ecological and social sustainability. The data were collected using interviews and a questionnaire on the consumption patterns of 18 single households. The results are compared to a study on households with varying income levels, to average consumption patterns and to decent minimum reference budgets. The low-income households have lower material footprints than average and most of the material footprints are below the socially sustainable level of consumption, which is based on decent minimum reference budgets. However, the amount of resources used by most of the households studied here is still at least double that required for ecological sustainability. The simultaneous existence of both deprivation and overconsumption requires measures from both politicians and companies to make consumption sustainable. For example, both adequate housing and economic mobility need to be addressed. Measures to improve the social sustainability of low-income households should target reducing the material footprints of more affluent households. Furthermore, the concept of what constitutes a decent life should be understood more universally than on the basis of standards of material consumption.
Article 5 Reads 22 Citations Endorsing Sustainable Food Consumption: Prospects from Public Catering Eva Heiskanen, Kristiina Aalto, Stefan Wahlen Published: 24 November 2011
Journal of Consumer Policy, doi: 10.1007/s10603-011-9183-4
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