Register Dashboard
+1 Recommend
1 collections
      • 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

      This is not the latest version for this article. If you want to read the latest version, click here.

      Read this article at

          There is no author summary for this article yet. Authors can add summaries to their articles on ScienceOpen to make them more accessible to a non-specialist audience.


          Background: An estimated 2.5-5 billion single-use coffee cups are disposed of annually in the UK, most of which consist of a plastic lining. Due to the difficulty of recycling poly-coated material, most of these cups end up as litter or in landfill. As hot beverage consumption is a consumer 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 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: An online survey and follow-up interviews were developed by a multi-disciplinary group of practitioners, health psychologists, material scientists, behavioural scientists and catering staff. They used two behaviour change frameworks: The Theoretical Domains Framework and Capability-Opportunity-Motivation-Behaviour model of behaviour. Research findings can inform selection of intervention strategies using a third framework, the Behaviour Change Wheel. The application of the methodology is illustrated in relation the setting of a 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.

          Related collections

          Author and article information

          UCL Open: Environment Preprint
          UCL Press
          1 December 2020
          [1 ] UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub, University College London, London
          [2 ] UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London, London
          [3 ] UCL Mechanical Engineering, University College London, London

          This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

          UKRI/EPSRC EP/S024883/1

          The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available in the repository:

          Social & Behavioral Sciences

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


          Date: 7 May 2021

          Handling Editor: Dan Osborn

          Editorial decision: Request revision. The Handling Editor requested revisions; the article has been returned to the authors to make this revision.

          2021-05-07 11:01 UTC

          Comment on this article