Ocean plastic crisis—Mental models of plastic pollution from remote Indonesian coastal communities

Year of Publication

2020

To understand the consequences of ocean plastic pollution in coastal regions, through the eyes of local people, this study examines the knowledge, use, disposal and local consequences of single use plastics in remote island communities in two archipelagos of southern Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Source:

PLOS ONE

Author(s):

Anna (Anya) Phelan, Helen Ross, Novie Andri Setianto, Kelly Fielding, Lengga Pradipta

Geography:

Indonesia

Type:

Primary Data

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Behavior Change, Oceans

To understand the consequences of ocean plastic pollution in coastal regions, through the eyes of local people, this study examines the knowledge, use, disposal and local consequences of single use plastics in remote island communities in two archipelagos of southern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Using mixed methods — a survey of plastic literacy and behaviour, household interviews about purchasing and disposal, and focus group discussions to generate shared mental models — this study identifies a complex set of factors contributing to extensive plastic leakage into the marine environment.