How to Reduce Pandemic-Related Plastic Pollution
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic:
- there has been an unprecedented demand for masks, gloves, and gowns;
- plastic-free swaps like reusable grocery, produce bags, mugs, and food containers have been banned;
- the plastics industry is using this moment to stoke fears about reusables and lobby to reverse single-use-plastic legislation;
- oil prices have plummeted, making plastic — a petroleum product — cheap to make;
- municipalities around the world have curtailed their recycling schemes since it’s cheaper to make virgin plastic;
- the locked-down masses have been panic-buying, online-shopping, and consuming home deliveries from restaurants in record numbers — adding to plastic pollution.
What’s a conscious consumer to do? Is it possible to reduce our plastic consumption when we’re in the middle of a deadly pandemic? Can we still aspire to be low-waste or zero-waste (which was already aspirational in the best of times)? Take a listen to this episode for tips on reducing your plastic consumption when it comes to:
- Restaurant Take-Out
- Grocery Shopping
- Hand Sanitizers
- Cleaning Products
- Ordering Online
- Properly Disposing Plastic Waste
Enjoy some ideas for reducing plastic waste at home and in your own life.
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