Used protective masks pose a threat to the environment. This is stated in the report of the UN Conference on Trade and Development.
Experts drew attention to the fact that the world’s oceans and coasts suffer from the means of protection thrown away by man. Another threatening factor is the rise in online shopping due to social distancing – goods brought in by courier services are wrapped in plastic, and packaging is often thrown away without recycling. For example, in Singapore, in eight weeks of quarantine, 5.7 million residents, in addition to the usual figures, dumped 1,470 tons of plastic waste from unloading packaging and food delivery.
However, environmentalists saw a positive aspect in the pandemic. So, due to the shutdown of a number of industries, greenhouse gas emissions decreased by five percent.
Researchers have previously said the spread of the infection has spiked the consumption of single-use plastics, undermining environmental concerns. They estimate that by 2040, the amount of plastic that ends up in the world’s oceans could triple.