Daily Archives: December 13, 2019

Single-Use Plastics 101
Single-Use Plastics 101

A straw with our iced coffee, a plastic bag to carry our takeout, a wrapper on a candy bar: taken individually, each seems harmless. These modern conveniences are so ubiquitous—and so quickly thrown out—that they hardly register in our minds. But single-use plastics come with a steep environmental price—one that we’ll be paying off for millennia. Our plastic addiction is having…

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Single use, dangerous misuse: on the war against plastic during COVID-19
Single use, dangerous misuse: on the war against plastic during COVID-19

Reversing policies aimed to eliminate single-use plastics will do us more harm than good On one of his usual walks collecting plastic trash in Chennai, B. Gowtham recently noticed a goat wearing a discarded face mask. “It’s sad,” he says, adding how “over the years, awareness about single-use plastic has increased but the pandemic has reversed this”. With hygiene concerns…

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