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Single-Use Plastics and the Pandemic

April 2021

Citation: 51 ELR 10277

Issue: 4

Author: Chandler Randol, Martin Bourque, Nicole E. Bothwell, Nick Mallos, and Rachel A. Meidl

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the balance between sustainability and human safety on a global scale. After more than six years of momentum for banning a variety of single-use plastic types, the pandemic brought many of these achievements to a standstill. On December 15, 2020, the Environmental Law Institute hosted a panel of experts that explored the pandemic’s repercussions for overconsumption of single-use plastics. This Dialogue presents a transcript of the discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.

Chandler Randol is Manager of Educational Programs at the Environmental Law Institute. Martin Bourque (moderator) is Executive Director of the Ecology Center in Berkeley. Nicole E. Bothwell is an Associate with Squire Patton Boggs LLP. Nick Mallos is Senior Director of the Trash Free Seas Program at Ocean Conservancy. Rachel A. Meidl is a Fellow in Energy and Environment at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.

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