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Masks, gloves, PPEs and the plastic conundrum we need a solution to

The plastic ban in India, which had just started to take effect, has been substantially derailed given current needs and with enforcement systems looking the other way.

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PPEs have also become an additional threat to the oceans. A 2017 study found that around 90 per cent of all the plastic in the world’s oceans flows through just 10 rivers. Eight of these are in Asia, and the remaining two in Africa.

Meghna Chadha New Delhi
Masks, gloves, personal protective equipment (PPEs), body bags — the Covid-19 crisis has brought plastic into our lives like never before, threatening to undo years of progress on plastic pollution and triggering fresh health concerns.

Before the pandemic, a war was being waged against single-use plastics. Consumers were becoming mindful of the need to reduce its usage and corporations were criticised for being major contributors to plastic pollution. Many nations were considering a ban.

“The pandemic is causing a resurgence of plastic-linked waste in three forms: plastic components such as packaging of sanitiser dispensers; PPEs and masks; and restaurant takeaways,” says Muralee

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First Published: Jun 19 2020 | 10:02 PM IST

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