NEW PLASTIC PROBLEM
The world’s plastic problem just got bigger. Experts have warned that single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) – like face masks – is adding to the world’s ongoing plastic problem. A study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology says billions of disposable masks and gloves are being used worldwide every month due to the coronavirus pandemic. UK volunteers say there has been a “massive” rise in the number of face masks and gloves littering Britain’s beaches, rivers and canals.