Covid-19 Increases Use Of Plastic – In Picture

Covid-19 Increases Use Of Plastic
Covid-19 Increases Use Of Plastic

The UN estimates that 13 million tons of plastic are dumped in the sea each year and that half of the plastic produced globally is for single-use items. Dipto Paul Reports.

Recently, due to Covid-19, the use of single-use plastic products has increased significantly across the globe.

The purchases of masks, gloves, gowns, which all are made using single-use plastic materials, have risen dramatically since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other environmentally damaging items such disposable wipes and liquid soap (which comes inside a plastic container).

According to a WWF report: “if just 1% of the masks were disposed of incorrectly and dispersed in nature, this would result in as many as 10 million masks per month polluting the environment.”

Here are some images demonstrating how this pandemic has increases the use of plastic…

People exercise in workout pods in Redondo Beach, California. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty
A newborn baby at Praram 9 hospital in Bangkok, Thailand
Photograph: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty
Employees in a cafeteria, South Korea,Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty
A man cycling in Wuhan, China Photograph: Héctor Retamal/AFP/Getty
A woman shopping in Granada. Spain Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty
sound check before live streaming a concert in Washington, US Photograph: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty
Police are fitted with personal protective equipment in Amritsar, India Photograph: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty
A dentist and clinical assistant prepare to perform surgery, Photograph: Óscar del Pozo/AFP/Getty
A taxi driver in Hanoi, Vietnam Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images
Children in the library, japan. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP/Getty
A discarded gloves in Manchester, England
Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty