Washington, DC – Over 115 health experts – virologists, epidemiologists, emergency room doctors, and specialists in public health and food packaging safety – signed onto a statement addressing the safety of reusable bags and containers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement assures retailers and consumers that reusable systems can be utilized safely by employing basic hygiene and creating contact-free options for customers’ personal bags and cups.
“Public health must include maintaining the cleanliness of our home, the Earth,” said Dr. Mark Miller, former director of research at the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center. “The promotion of unnecessary single-use plastics to decrease exposure to COVID-19 negatively impacts the environment, water systems, and food supply compared to the safe use of reusable bags, containers, and utensils.”
The statement notes that disposable products are not inherently safer than reusables. It also states that household disinfectants have been proven effective at disinfecting hard surfaces, such as reusables. More