Environmental innovation and sustainability in small handicraft businesses in Mexico

Patricia S. Sánchez-Medina, Jack Corbett, Arcelia Toledo-López

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Abstract

In this study, the relationship between environmental innovation and sustainability is analyzed in 168 handicraft businesses in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla, and Tlaxcala. The results show a direct, positive relationship between environmental innovation and sustainability in three dimensions: economic, social, and environmental. In terms of determination, the variables that best explain sustainability are: organization type, product innovation, and process innovation. The age of the handicraft businesses was not a significant factor in explaining sustainability. This study concludes that handicraft businesses make sustainable choices more as a result of a desire for profit maximization than as a result of environmental consciousness, as can be explained by neoclassical view of economics. © 2011 by the authors.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)984-1002
Number of pages19
JournalSustainability
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2011

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