Scientists support use of reusable food and beverage containers
A recent O-I communication reports that scientists from 18 different countries have released a joint statement to address concerns that the Covid-19 pandemic has raised around reusable food containers made from glass and other materials.
They deny the assertion that circular products that are reused create higher risks of transmission and point out that misinformation is encouraging people to increase the consumption of single use, disposable food and beverage containers needlessly.
“Reuse and refill systems are an essential part of addressing the plastic pollution crisis and moving away from a fossil fuel-based economy” the scientists say. “They can create jobs and help build local economies.”
Much in the way that health experts champion handwashing as a way to protect people from the coronavirus, the scientists recommend turning away from disposables and instead, properly washing reusable cups, bags and dinnerware.
“It is clear that reusable systems can be used safely by employing basic hygiene” the statement reveals. “ Single use plastic is not inherently safer than reusables and causes additional public health concerns once it is discarded.”