Conservation

Covid-19 and Single-Use Plastics

Posted on the 6th April 2020

Interesting letter received form the Global Ecobrick Alliance:

Dear Anton,
This a top priority Global Ecobrick Alliance (GEA) bulletin were sending to full GoBrik database. We hope this finds you well and safe in these extraordinary times. 

We have important news: your ecobricking has a role to play in curbing the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus that causes CoVid-19 and can save lives.

The latest scientific research on the persistence SARS-Cov-2 on various materials shows that of all the surfaces tested, the virus remains viable the longest on polypropylene plastic. A 2015 research on corona virus 22E found similar persistence for PVC plastic. Field studies in Wuhan China corroborate this showing that transmission most likely happened on plastic surfaces. Given these findings, it is clear to the GEA that the intensity of interaction during the consumption of single-use-plastics, makes them a potential route for SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

Also given the science, it is clear that the way we wash our plastic for ecobricking can kill the virus. Packing plastic into a bottle can further prevent it from transmitting the virus and neutralize it.

Our findings and claims are laid out in a special GEA White Paper Report that we are launching today: "Preventing the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 on Single-Use Plastics through Enhanced Ecobricking" Based on our report, our GEA team has finalized what we are calling 'Enhanced Ecobricking' techniques for the Covid-19 period. Our 327 strong trainer network has been prototyping the methodology for the last week. 

We encourage you to review the guidelines and update your ecobricking accordingly. The guidelines, recommendations for disposable masks, links to the full report and a video of how Ani and I are managing our home plastic are now launched here:
www.ecobricks.org/covid19

Members of the press can find our press release at www.ecobricks.org/media

In pandemics throughout history waste piles up, reduce sanitary conditions and compound social stress. Together, our ecobricking can provide an immediate and valuable service to our community by preventing our plastic from becoming waste. We can help relieve the stress on our city's centralized systems, prevent our plastic from being contagious, and keep it from getting into the environment.

Register for an open webinar tomorrow that reviews the GEA's findings and report.

Stay posted: the GEA will launch public Covid-19 Online Starter Workshops and the Ecobrickable Designator Kit for companies later this week.

Russell, Ani and Lucie
Principals
Global Ecobrick Alliance
Earth Enterprise
www.ecobricks.org
russ@ecobricks.org


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