Coronavirus and the return of plastic – PHOTOS

  01 July 2020    Read: 3316
 Coronavirus and the return of plastic –  PHOTOS

Until recently it was possible to imagine the end of plastic, but Covid-19 has changed the game. Since the pandemic started, there has been a significant increase in plastic waste, such as masks, gloves and gowns, and increased purchases of products including disposable wipes and liquid soap.

Traditional Thai dancers wear protective face shields at the Erawan shrine in Bangkok. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty

People exercise in workout pods in Redondo Beach, California. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty

A newborn baby at Praram 9 hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty

Bidders sit in separate perspex cubicles during a flower auction in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty

Employees in a cafeteria at the offices of Hyundai credit card company in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty

A man cycling in Wuhan, China. Photograph: Héctor Retamal/AFP/Getty

A woman shopping in Granada. Spain. Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty

A band do their sound check before live streaming a concert in Washington, US. Photograph: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty

Police are fitted with personal protective equipment in Amritsar, India. Photograph: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty



A couple have lunch at a restaurant in Paris, France. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty

A woman visits her husband in a retirement home in Bourbourg, France. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty

A dentist and clinical assistant prepare to perform surgery at a clinic in Camarma de Esteruelas, Spain. Photograph: Óscar del Pozo/AFP/Getty

An umbrella and sunbeds on a beach in Santorini, Greece. Photograph: Dimitris Lambropoulos/AFP/Getty

A hairdresser prepares to reopen in Virginia, US. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty

Relatives carry the coffin of a suspected Covid-19 victim at the Nueva Esperanza cemetery near Lima, Peru. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty

A taxi driver in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

Children in the library at Kinugawa elementary school in Nikko, Japan. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP/Getty

Pharmacists at work in Lviv, Ukraine. Photograph: Yuri Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty

A daughter hugs her mother at a senior nursing home in São Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty

A woman carries her baby at a market in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/AFP/Getty Images

A discarded glove in Manchester, England. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

 

The Guardian


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