Now more than ever we must be diligent in the ongoing fight against plastic pollution amidst the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to an increased use of single-use plastic and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face masks and gloves.
We truly understand the urgent need for plastic PPE, restaurant take-out packaging, and plastic bags at grocery stores during the pandemic, but the fact is that plastic pollution is on the rise because of the COVID-19 crisis and threatens our oceans, our land, and the air we breathe.
We must also keep in mind that there is lot of misinformation being circulated by the plastic industry regarding the safety of reusable products. According to a recent news story, 119 scientists from 18 countries said reusable containers are safe if washed thoroughly with hot water and detergent or soap, and do not increase the chance of virus transmission.
We support the policies of our California leaders in their efforts to protect and ensure the safety of our residents during this public health threat. We can take steps now and start planning on how to reduce plastic pollution post COVID-19 otherwise it’s going to create a long-lasting, devastating effect on our community and planet.