Effectiveness of Intervention on Behavior Change Against Use of Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags: A Systematic Review

Year of Publication

2021

This review examines various government regulations targeted at changing behavior against plastic bags consumption and their effectiveness.

Source:

SpringerLink

Author(s):

Gbadebo Collins Adeyanju, Teslin Maria Augustine, Stefan Volkmann, Usman Adetunji Oyebamiji, Sonia Ran, Oluyomi A. Oshobajo, Afolabi Otitoju

Geography:

Global

Type:

Data

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem

Impact theme(s):

Behavior Change

This review examines various government regulations targeted at changing behavior against plastic bags consumption and their effectiveness. The results revealed that regulations based solely on the thickness of plastic bags does not reduce plastic bags consumption. However, regulations focused on banning ‘single-use’ plastic bag usage, imposing higher taxes and levies on consumers, significantly reduce plastic bags consumption. Overall, the latter is considered the most effective. Also, the results show that attitude, perception and behavior change toward bio-degradable products or climate-friendly behavior can be significantly influenced by public policy or regulations.