In the course of the epidemic, in order to prevent the spread of Single use plastics in COVID-19 pandemic, it means that the disposables are widely used and huge in quantity, especially for medical treatment, it also an army of medical waste, such as a double bag of clinical waste. Although it seems insignificant, it is also a large amount accumulated. This has a serious impact on environmental protection.
In a survey of consumers, it was found that the public also use multiple types of disposable plastic products for personal health reasons, and also generate a large amount of single-use plastic waste. In the course of the outbreak, quite a few restaurants, food stores, and coffee shops, including home delivery services, also used disposable plastic supplies, and were not allowed to bring their own reusable items. For medical workers, reusable items are not allowed in hospitals and other places. As the spread of new corona virus expands, the number of disposable items such as disposable wipes, disposable masks and gloves has been pushed to the peak for personal hygiene. Although this is a necessary measure, the pollution it produces is also huge. And medical pollution is even more worrying.
Plastic producers in Europe and American countries took advantage of the epidemic situation to resist the implementation of plastic bans on the grounds of health, which led to the withdrawal of plastic bans in many regions. But sustainability and recycling work proceeds, and environmentalists around the world are still spare no effort to it. So how should the above problems be solved? Someone is already working on it, such as the Boomerang Alliance ‘s Plastic Free Place project, which launched a cafe and restaurant guide during COVID-19. It shows how to avoid single-use plastics. Although the ban on plastic bags will be relaxed in a short period of time, it will still have a lasting impact on people.
Regardless of whether the epidemic will end in November, we should also be vigilant about environmental protection during the epidemic. Don’t let single-use plastics become a habit. You can use your time at home to sort out items that can be used for a long time. Reject disposable tableware and other items for personal reuse items, so that they can have a second life, although many secondary markets were forced to close their business during the epidemic, but hope that all items can have the opportunity to be reused. You can use personal private goods multiple times to reduce the effects of one-time pollution. Even if you have to, you must use degradable materials as much as possible and don’t make our planet given rise to too many of our mistakes. Therefore, we should call on the government and the masses to avoid one-time consumption and not allow the epidemic to become an excuse to increase plastic pollution. After the epidemic, we will pay more attention to environmental issues and be more clear about the pollution treatment in the epidemic.