Reusables, plastic poly-cies and Covid19
by Lizi Greenhill
What's Going On Here?
More than 100 scientists and doctors have released a statement this week to reassure the public that reusable containers, if washed and handled properly, are safe to use during the Covid-19 pandemic. This comes amid fears of a U-turn in the environmental battle with plastic pollution and a surge in single-use plastic waste during recent months.
What Does This Mean?
There was also growing concern that producers would increase output of cheap plastic to fuel demand and soak up some of the global glut of cheap oil and gas. That’s certainly not plastic-fantastic news!
Why Should We Care?
Plastic waste is disastrous for the environment and low-income communities. The notion that things can be thrown away is a myth and the impacts of disposal are disproportionate.
The stories we are seeing about continued careless littering of UK parks and beauty spots and coastal communities reporting disposable gloves and masks finding their way to our oceans are another reminder that disposables are damaging the environment.
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