University to look at plastic impact during pandemic

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A university has launched a national online survey to find out if coronavirus has changed how the public views plastic after a surge in consumption during the pandemic.

A disposable glove
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Environmental experts at the University of Hull say the public had turned to plastic - such as face masks, gloves, gowns and screens - as a way of keeping themselves and their loved ones safe.

And academics warned that the increased use could be a set-back in the battle against single-use plastic, as a new group began working together to explore plastic use.

The university's study aims to find out how the pandemic has changed how people view the use and consumption of plastics across the country and whether people's feelings and opinions towards plastics have been altered because of its visible use in saving lives.

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