Shoppers go green "to impress neighbours, not to save the planet" PAU C. Valenciana inglés 2010

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Leonardo DiCaprio tanking his Toyota Prius car
Source:  All Cars All the Time
Shoppers are hypocritical about buying environmentally friendly goods, according to a report which has found consumers are more concerned about impressing the neighbours than saving the planet.
While consumers are more likely to ‘go green’ on the high street where they can be seen making altruistic choices, the privacy of online shopping brings out an entirely different behaviour.
When people are not being watched by their peers they are more willing to shun the ethical products in favour of comfort and convenience, the report says.
The habit has been studied by Vladas Griskevicius, of the University of Minnesota, who found ecofriendly shopping decisions are not always motivated by a social concern. He discovered that people were more likely to buy energy efficient light bulbs from the shops, but tended to opt for the old-fashioned type online. The same trend was also found when people purchased white goods, electronics and even domestic cleaning products over the internet.
Mr Griskevicius picks out the Toyota Prius car as a prime example. Celebrities including Leonardo Di Caprio and Cameron Diaz have been photographed behind the wheel of a Prius, despite being well able to afford a more powerful and expensive car, sending the message that they are concerned for the environment. ‘When you publicly display your environmentally friendly nature, you send the signal that you care,’ said the report. The study also showed that people were often more willing to buy green products when they were the most expensive option, because it showed they could afford to be caring.
The Daily Telegraph, March, 17, 2010, p. 13



I. Answer the following questions using your own words but taking into account the information in the text
  • a) What are the real reasons why consumers buy eco-friendly goods? PAR. 1
  • b) Why do some film stars promote eco-friendly products? PAR. 5

II. Are the following statements true (T) or false (F)? Identify the part of the text that supports your answer by copying the exact passage on the answer sheet

a) People tend to buy more green products online.
b) The car that most film stars own is a Toyota Prius.
c) People don’t mind buying ‘green’ products when they are more expensive if other people notice what they are buying.

III. Find a synonym for each of the four words below from these six options:
       concerned      privacy      behaviour      peers      purchased      prime

IV. Choose a, b, or c, in each question below. Only one choice is correct

1. According to the report, people who buy eco-friendly products...
2. When buying goods on the Internet ...
3. Leonardo Di Caprio and Cameron Diaz have both …


3 comentarios:

  1. Creo que la de abc numero 3 está mal no?
    Leo di caprio y cameron diaz ambos ...
    promoted the Toyota no? es una promoción, pero donde dicen que los tienes comprados?

  2. En la cuarta pregunta, el número 3 esta mal. La opción es la B. La opción C no puede ser porque no se compran coches potentes y caros, sino al contrario, podrían hacerlo pero compran el Toyota Prius para dar una imagen positiva (en cuanto a su preocupación por el medio ambiente). Me baso en el texto ("Despite being well able to afford a more powerful and expensive car"; Se compran un Prius a pesar de ser capaces de permitirse economicamente un coche mas potente y caro)

  3. Chic@s, tenéis toda la razón del mundo.
    Error detectado, error corregido.
    Muchas gracias por vuestra participación.
    Salu2 :)


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