A year on, and only now are has there been talk of ways of reusing some ‘single use’ PPE, such as face masks. A YEAR!
- Over 3 billion pieces of personal protective equipment were used between February and August 2020, resulting in over 106,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents
- Scenario modelling indicated that the carbon emissions of PPE could be reduced by 12% if PPE was manufactured in the UK, 10% by opting for reusable gowns and gloves, and 35% by maximal recycling.
- Reducing the amount of PPE used, such as using hand-washing instead of gloves, may have the greatest effect, cutting carbon emissions by 45%.
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