Antecedents of consumer food waste reduction behavior: Psychological and financial concerns through the lens of the theory of interpersonal behavior

Saman ATTIQ, Man Ying Amanda CHU, Rauf I. AZAM, Wing-Keung WONG, Sumia MUMTAZ

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Abstract

This study sought to investigate the role of consumers’ emotional, cognitive, and financial concerns in the development of food waste reduction, reuse, and recycling behavior among restaurant patrons. Food waste in restaurants is a major problem for the food service industry, and it is a growing source of concern in developing countries, where eating out is becoming increas-ingly popular. A large portion of restaurant food waste in these markets originates from the plates of customers, highlighting the importance of consumer behavior changes in reducing waste. The current study has used a quantitative approach to analyze the impact of anticipated negative emotion of guilt, awareness of consequences, habit, and financial concern on food waste reduction behaviors, i.e., reduce, reuse, and recycle. The study collected 492 responses and data is analyzed for hypotheses testing through Partial Least Square-Structural Equation Modelling. The findings showed that anticipated negative emotions of guilt, awareness of consequences, habit, and financial concern have a significant impact on restaurants’ consumer food waste reduction behaviors. Managers, policymakers, and researchers interested in resolving the food waste problem will find the study useful. Other topics discussed include the implications and limitations as well as possible future research directions. Copyright © 2021 by the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number12457
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Citation

Attiq, S., Chu, A. M. Y., Azam, R. I., Wong, W.-K., & Mumtaz, S. (2021). Antecedents of consumer food waste reduction behavior: Psychological and financial concerns through the lens of the theory of interpersonal behavior. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(23). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312457

Keywords

  • Food waste
  • Anticipated negative emotion
  • Awareness of consequences
  • Habit
  • Financial concerns
  • Waste reduction behavior

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