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Not So Fantastic Plastic: Environmental responsibility in the age of contagion

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

The Alumni Voice Volume 3

Written by Caroline Wagner, Alumna

 

In essence, plastic is a fantastic product. It is sturdy and durable. Plastic in the medical industry has become a game changer making medical tools more sterile and robust. Nevertheless, our individual consumption of Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) is where the problem really lies. Especially now with our health pandemic these disposable plastics are on the rise again. The problem with the situation is that most people do not mindfully think about where all this garbage goes - essentially having an out-of-sight, out-of-mind mindset. So yes the pandemic is arguably forcing us to use more disposable plastics again and is prohibiting us from using reusable coffee containers at our coffee shops but that doesn’t mean we should give in to the situation and let plastic take over. I’ll outline some of the changes to think about:


Masks:

Depending on where you are located, most governments will still require a face mask at a given point