Protector or polluter? The impact of COVID-19 on the movement to end plastic waste

Alexandre and his daughter Alejandra go for a walk and collect plastic along the beach after the restrictions for children were partially lifted for the first time in six weeks, during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Gijon, Spain, April 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso - RC2CCG9CX8L5

What the COVID-19 pandemic means for the future of the movement to end plastic waste. Image: REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

Kristin Hughes
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A vendor wearing a protective face mask delivers a plastic bag to a customer at an open-air food market that has been reopened, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Cisternino, Italy, April 27, 2020. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo - RC20DG9J93DO
Single-use plastics are helping keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, but creating new challenges for governments in dealing with the waste problem. Image: REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

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