COVID-19:  is plastic safe?

COVID-19: is plastic safe?

The arrival of COVID-19 prompted us to modify our consumption habits.  In fear of catching the coronavirus, some people have decided to bet on plastic... therefore, the use of disposable food wrap has simply exploded in recent times.  But is plastic really a safe material to use during a pandemic?

How long does the corona virus live on surfaces?

Not all studies agree on this issue.  This said, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, a reputable publication, the coronavirus could survive for 3 days - maybe even more! - on plastic.  On the other hand, it will not live longer than 12 hours on fabric and 24 hours on cardboard.

Conclusion?  Plastic does not offer any protection against the spread of this virus.  This means that you don't have to buy food, or any other item, that is packaged! 

In fact, according to Health Canada, at this time there exists no proof of transmission of COVID-19 through food.  You can therefore use your reusable bags to do your grocery shopping without having to worry.  It is sufficient put them in the wash with your protective mask when you return home.  Remember this:  soap kills the coronavirus!  Soap is its worse enemy.

But do we have to wash all the products we buy?

Many people ask that question!  Personally, I do not clean everything.  I wash my fruits and vegetables before eating them as I normally would.  I also put certain products in quarantine.  (For more information on the precautions to take, I invite you to read this article from Québec Science.)

Obviously, if you shop online, the time it takes to ship should take care of the coronavirus.  In addition, many companies are taking certain measures to ensure the safety of their customers.  For example, at Twiggzy, we put the protective masks in a bag to keep them from moving and getting dirty during transport.

So, is it possible to keep our habits of zero waste during a pandemic?

Absolutely!  It's actually beneficial.  Even if greenhouse gas emissions have decreased during confinement, the planet still needs our care.  In my opinion, it is more important than ever to reduce our dependence on disposable products, such as straws, feminine pads and food wrap.  Fortunately, there are now so many ways to limit our consumption of plastic and to reduce our ecological footprint.

How about (re)starting today?

Mélanie