Packaging in COVID

In June 2020, more than 100 health experts from around the world wrote in a statement that "reusable systems can be used safely by employing basic hygiene," and included a list of best practices for reusable products in retail.

"While ‘it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,’ aerosolized droplets are the only documented method of COVID-19 transmission to date... reuse and refill systems are an essential part of addressing the plastic pollution crisis and moving away from a fossil fuel-based economy."

Also released in June, Reusable Packaging and COVID-19 by ZeroWaste Europe and Reloop Platform analyzed the EU policy landscape and concluded that the "ongoing attempt by industry to delay and weaken the implementation of the SUPD [EU Single-Use Policy Directive] is not based on science, and there is no evidence that single-use packaging contributes to the spread of COVID-19 any less (or more) than their reusable counterpart."

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