What are the side effects of the Coronavirus on ocean's plastic pollution? Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has had temporary positive effects on air pollution. But the fight against the pandemic has also created a dramatic increase in single-used plastic products. like plastic-made face masks, examination gloves, takeout food containers, and so on... And as the focus shifted from environmental protection to Covid 19, a lot more of this plastic waste will end up in our oceans.
Plastic pollution was already a major issue long before the Coronavirus outbreak. And sadly, the harmful consequences of this plastic wave will remain long after. The battle against the COVID-19 virus has created a true plastic waste time bomb for the oceans and the maritime ecosystems, which we only start to measure. Time is running out. The current, dramatic findings of the increasing plastic pollution in the sea require us to take action. There is an urgent need to limit the single used plastic offer and our plastic consumption.
We are not taking away the responsibilities from industries and politics, but every one of us has a role to play. We summed up in an infographic the current development and how you can disarm the plastic waste bomb.