COVID-19 health and ecological crisis

Consequences of poor disposal of plastic

This pandemic has meant a series of extremely significant changes for each and every one of us, however, the face that is increasingly notorious for international organizations is the excessive consumption of disposable plastic materials such as facemasks, gloves, medical waste, food packaging, etc., all to such a degree that they have caused the collapse of recycling systems in several countries.

The ONU Blue and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme, report that if they do not take action 70% of the plastic generated during the pandemic will end up in the oceans and 12% will be burned, causing pollution and disease especially in the most vulnerable areas of the planet.

It is now that more and more studies and measurements have been initiated on the real impact of the pandemic that experts have become aware of the damage to the environment caused by the excessive consumption of single-use items, We rescued that in 2019 previous pandemic sold 800 million dollars in masks worldwide, but in the spring of 2020 reached 166,000 million.

The main blow to recycling systems:

Beyond the overproduction of plastic materials, the lack of social and governmental commitment to monitoring recycling protocols and good practices led to the collapse of recycling systems because society chose to over-consume without adequate disposal of these materials; if we add to this that many countries reduced or suspended their measures of environmental care ended up accentuating the ecological damage carried out during more than a year of pandemic, concluding with alarming figures such as the fact that only 10% of the plastics used during this crisis will be recycled at some point and more than 70% will reach landfills or the environment mainly.

The lack of knowledge about the disposal of plastics is a problem that still occurs in 2021 in all countries and socioeconomic levels, from this derives the wear or inefficiency of recycling processes, For these reasons it is of utmost importance that both companies and society carry out practices of environmental care and recycling. Sigpack runs social and environmental responsibility programs in order to reduce the carbon footprint we generate while contributing to the culture of sustainability.

It is urgent to take conscious and functional actions for the correct management, consumption and production of plastics, taking responsibility for our waste for its proper disposal.

We invite you to change to a sustainable lifestyle that together with companies we contribute more to the care of the planet.

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