3 weeks Coronavirus crisis gives throwaway plastic a new lease on life Inquirer
Just when you thought it was beyond the social and environmental pale, single-use plastic is making a comeback, be it for throwaway facemasks, gloves or shrink-wrapped vegetables. Largely to blame is the coronavirus and the response to ward it off -- the masks, gloves and other plastic-based items, many of which are now ending up in our oceans -- already strewn with the slow-to-degrade detritus of a constantly growing industry. 'Magic' plastic Masks, visors, gloves or screens ... all are crucial accessories to keep COVID-19 at bay. Other uses are manifold -- from hairdressers using throwaway aprons to UN recommendations ... more