PPE: The next big single-use plastic problem

Billions of items of PPE have been procured by the UK government in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and demand is rising among the public. Many of these items will be used only once. Has Covid-19 killed off public concern and political impetus to reduce plastic pollution?

by David Burrows
As demand for PPE rises, so too has been the associated waste. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
As demand for PPE rises, so too has been the associated waste. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

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