It seems logical to think that packaging and other single-use plastic utensils protect you better against the COVID-19 virus than reusable products, but it’s not that simple.
The plastics industry and producers of fossil fuels, which produce plastic, of course want to convince us of the usefulness of disposable plastic. That’s the reason we currently see news articles warning us about how COVID-19 could survive for up to 9 days on reusable bags.
But actually, there hasn’t been any research done on the safety of reusable bags. On the contrary, this study concludes that the virus – if it behaves like SARS or MERS – can survive up to 9 days on materials such as metal, glass, and PLASTIC! Another recent study claims that the virus survives up to a maximum of 3 days.
Therefore, single-use plastics aren’t necessarily safer because – once infected – they can carry the virus for a long time. So be aware that there can be a false sense of safety when using single-use plastics.
Plastic Soup Foundation advises you to listen to science and keep on using your environmentally friendly, reusable materials, but please make sure to always clean them properly and more often. At the end of the day, it’s all about limiting our potential exposure to the virus, and since we are not aware of what happens with packaged products, we can have much more control over our reusable ones.
And, of course, we as PSF will continue fighting the attempts of the plastics industry to use this pandemic to promote single-use plastics and delay or get rid of legislation on this matter.
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