7 ways you can counter the scourge of single-use plastics

Humanity’s decades-old addiction to disposable plastic, from straws to shopping bags, is choking the world’s rivers and seas, threatening wildlife and contaminating the food chain. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made this problem worse as the use of disposable masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) soars.

United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) From Pollution to Solution report shows that plastic pollution leakage into aquatic ecosystems has grown sharply in recent years and is projected to more than double by 2030, with dire consequences for human health, the global economy, biodiversity and the climate.

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