Mental models on ocean plastic from remote coastal communities

One important global change is the massive amounts of plastics entering oceans and affecting marine life, particularly in South East Asia. So far the attention is firmly on the extent of the problem and impacts on marine life. But what about the shoreline communities whose beaches are awash in it? What do they experience? This talk discusses the findings from a recent study on remote islands in Eastern Indonesia, including a complex set of factors contributing to extensive plastic leakage. Multiple approaches, including circular economy and responsible supply chains are addressed.