Increased plastic pollution due to COVID-19 pandemic: Challenges and recommendations

Year of Publication

2021

This review aimed to provide a comprehensive overview on the effects of COVID-19 on macroplastic pollution and its potential implications on the environment and human health considering short- and long-term scenarios; addressing the main challenges and discussing potential strategies to overcome them.

Source:

Science Direct

Author(s):

Ana L. Patrício Silva, Joana C. Prata, Tony R. Walker, Armando C. Duarte, Wei Ouyang, Damià Barcelòe, Teresa Rocha-Santos

Geography:

Global

Type:

Primary Data

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Climate, Oceans, Policy

This review aimed to provide a comprehensive overview on the effects of COVID-19 on macroplastic pollution and its potential implications on the environment and human health considering short- and long-term scenarios; addressing the main challenges and discussing potential strategies to overcome them. It emphasises that future measures, involved in an emergent health crisis or not, should reflect a balance between public health and environmental safety as they are both undoubtedly connected. Although the use and consumption of plastics has significantly improved our quality of life, it is crucial to shift towards sustainable alternatives.