Keywords: Ethical Products, Ethical Consumption, Fair Labor, Sustainability, Ethical Consumerism, Corporate Social Responsibility
When shopping for fun products, it is often easy to avoid troublesome information. Consumers use coping strategies to maintain a good mood and avoid the emotional difficulty of thinking about ideas such as labor mistreatment or environmental problems. In addition to not seeking ethical information or misremembering it, consumers also negatively judge others who do not remain willfully ignorant.Companies can act against undesirable short- and long-term effects of consumers’ coping strategies. They can provide information about ethical product aspects right when consumers make their purchase decisions and they can reduce consumers’ effort to collect such information. Also, companies should refrain from comparing more and less ethical consumers. The timing and availability of ethical information are crucial to prevent a vicious cycle. Consumers who make ethical decisions themselves should feel less compelled to think negatively of other ethical consumers, which should encourage them to continue being ethical consumers in the future.