Could Plastic Pollution Worsen Post-COVID?Posted on July 2, 2020 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
The coronavirus pandemic has created a situation that most people in the western world will have no frame of reference to deal with. For perhaps the first time in our lives, human health has been definitively placed above all else, including economic prosperity. But while this has had the unforeseen silver lining of reducing air pollution, it could ultimately exacerbate other kinds of contamination.
One such potential problem is that of plastic pollution. With governments around the world placing an emphasis on the need to acquire and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when interacting in areas where social distancing is more difficult, there has been a surge in demand for single-use items. Although PPE is undoubtedly important in restricting the spread of the disease, it could eventually create an avalanche of plastic pollution that will only worsen an already sizable issue.
While governments were hastening to take steps that were unimaginable just few months ago to conatin covid, they have been dragging their feet to do anything about a plastic pandemic for decades. All the while the plastic industry garners their profits at the expense of the planet.