Qualitative analysis on the driving force behind upcycling practices associated with mobile applications: circular economy perspective
Upcycling is a type of practice included within the circular economy. Although interest in this type of activity has grown in recent years, academic analysis of the drivers that impel these activities is poorly developed. This work focuses on upcycling activities developed in the context of rural tourism. Through field work based on structured interviews applied in the region of Andalusia (Spain), evidence was sought about the drivers that promote this type of practice. In particular, attention was paid to the role of mobile applications as facilitators of upcycling. The main finding was that technology helps in using upcycling practices when considering rural tourism, as demonstrated by the use of mobile applications and websites such as Wallapop. There was also evidence of the different factors that drive the development of upcycling practices: the existence of a traditional social network as a means of obtaining second-hand items, technology as an element that facilitates access to items owned by strangers, the need to offer the image sought by tourists, and a desire to maintain the cultural essence of the region.
Martín Martín, J.M., Calvo Martínez, S., Guaita Martínez, J.M. et al. Qualitative analysis on the driving force behind upcycling practices associated with mobile applications: Circular economy perspective. Oper Manag Res 15, 647–661 (2022)