First Advisor

Brenda Glascott

Date of Award

5-28-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration: Marketing and University Honors

Department

Business Administration

Language

English

DOI

10.15760/honors.952

Abstract

This thesis paper addresses the potentials of a business model for promoting compostable alternatives to single-use plastic products. This thesis paper also proposes a survey to collect data from businesses in Portland, OR to forecast the potential impacts of integrating such a business model. Impacts of this business model for compostable products are hypothesized as best-case, mid-case, and worst-case scenarios of integration within Portland’s total market potential. Impacts will also be assessed along the triple bottom line. The triple bottom line is an accounting framework used in sustainable entrepreneurship to measure impact along environmental, social, and economic standards. First, in terms of environmental impact, every compostable product sold is the equivalent to a single-use plastic product not contributing to plastic waste pollution and CO2 emissions. As a forecasted result of environmental initiative, this study predicts to also make social impacts for participating businesses. As a result of an increase in social ratings from greater perceived corporate social responsibility, this business model also forecasts to bring positive economic impact to participating distributors.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/33554

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