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NEW PLASTIC PROB­LEM

- Ecology · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · United Kingdom

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.

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