+1 Recommend
    • Review: found
    Is Open Access

    Review of 'Influences on single-use and reusable cup use: a multidisciplinary mixed-methods approach to designing interventions reducing plastic waste'

    Influences on single-use and reusable cup use: a multidisciplinary mixed-methods approach to designing interventions reducing plastic wasteCrossref
    All the comments of the reviewers have been addressed to a great level of detail
    Average rating:
        Rated 4.5 of 5.
    Level of importance:
        Rated 5 of 5.
    Level of validity:
        Rated 4 of 5.
    Level of completeness:
        Rated 4 of 5.
    Level of comprehensibility:
        Rated 4 of 5.
    Competing interests:

    Reviewed article

    • Record: found
    • Abstract: found
    • Article: found
    Is Open Access

    Influences on single-use and reusable cup use: a multidisciplinary mixed-methods approach to designing interventions reducing plastic waste

    Background : An estimated 2.5-5 billion single-use coffee cups are disposed of annually in the UK, most of which consist of paper with a plastic lining. Due to the difficulty of recycling poly-coated material, most of these cups end up incinerated or put in landfills. As drinking (take-away) hot beverages is a behaviour, behaviour change interventions are necessary to reduce the environmental impacts of single-use coffee cup waste. Basing the design of interventions on a theoretical understanding of behaviour increases the transparency of the development process, the likelihood that the desired changes in behaviour will occur and the potential to synthesise findings across studies. Aim: The present paper presents a methodology for identifying influences on using single-use use and reusable cups as a basis for designing intervention strategies. Method and application : Two behaviour change frameworks: The Theoretical Domains Framework and the Capability-Opportunity-Motivation-Behaviour model of behaviour, were used to develop an online survey and follow-up interviews. Research findings can inform the selection of intervention strategies using a third framework, the Behaviour Change Wheel. The application of the methodology is illustrated in relation to understanding barriers and enablers to single-use and reusable cup use across the setting of a London university campus. Conclusions : We have developed a detailed method for identifying behavioural influences relevant to pro-environmental behaviours, together with practical guidance for each step and a worked example. Benefits of this work include it providing guidance on developing study materials and collecting and analysing data. We offer this methodology to the intervention development and implementation community to assist in the application of behaviour change theory to interventions.

      Review information

      This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com.

      Social & Behavioral Sciences
      behaviour change,circular economy,plastic waste,single-use,COM-B,intervention,reusable,The Environment,coffee cups,Behaviour Change Wheel,Sustainable development,influences

      Review text

      Thank you very much for addressing the comments I have provided. The quality of work has really improved and is now more clear and comprehensive. The additions to literature review and clarification of aims has really helped the understanding of importance of this framework and gives a clearer idea of what will be addressed.

      I just noticed a couple of minor typos:

      1. p 8, first paragraph, last sentence. The comma after "and" should probably be before "and". 

      2. p 13, under "case study description", the following sentence seems to have a mistake: "Since previous efforts to eradicate single-use coffee cups across the campus had been of limited effectiveness, the university aims to develop of an intervention informed by behavioural science".

      Good luck with the implementation of this project!


      Comment on this review