The global pandemic has also promoted the sale of single-use personal protective equipment (PPE), face shields, masks, gloves, overalls, dividing screens between the retailer and the customer etc. In addition to these things, single-use food packaging, beverage cups, bottles, jars and bags for storing groceries have thrown sustainable practices completely off balance. However, scientists and campaigners have assured the public that reusable containers can be used without the risk of infection provided they are rinsed properly.
Environment campaigners and signatories of the statement promoted the general public to make every possible attempt to decrease the volume of plastic waste, especially in areas like food, beverages and groceries packaging. They believe that coronavirus might have altered our routine and our outlook towards each interaction, but it is essential to be sustainable in all areas of life. They motivated the public to own reusable bottles and cups so that the amount of plastic reaching our wild and marine life can be reduced. The statement highlighted that we cant use the pandemic as an excuse to create more problems for our planet.