On August 25, 2020, the non-profit organizationGreenpeacepublished a报告arguing that “reusables are doable” also in the times of a pandemic and thathygienicconcerns should not be used as an excuse to stall the progress made in eliminating single-use plastics.
Assummarizedby thePlastics Pollution Coalition, the new report highlights “various reuse and refill models around the globe that have continued or can be used during the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring strong sanitization or contactless systems for containers.” With this evidence,Greenpeace“assures restaurants, retailers, and consumer goods companies that a pandemic does not need to mean shifting toward widespread disposable plastic that threatens the environment and the health of communities worldwide.”The report urges governments and industry to uphold the efforts aimed at moving away from single-use plastics and argues that reuse systemswill not only benefit the environment but also provide new jobs andhelp support disadvantaged communities.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,的支持者single-use plastics have “worked toexploit fearsaround COVID-19 to demonize reusables and expand disposable plastics” (FPF报告ed), resulting in delays and roll-backs indiverseregulatory actions and business initiatives (FPF报告ed).In June 2020, over 115 health experts signed a statement arguing that disposables are not inherently safer than reusables and that, by following standard sanitationprocedures, reuse solutions can be safelyemployed byboththeretail and food service提供rs(FPF报告ed).
More information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and packaging is available on theFood Packaging Forum’sresources page.
Plastic Pollution Coalition (August 25, 2020). “Report highlights reusable models that instill confidence during the pandemic.”
Packaging Europe (August 19, 2020). “’Now is the time to transition to a circular economy.’”
Greenpeace(August 25, 2020). “Reusables are doable.”