We wanted to shine a light on the environmental impact that comes from keeping a pandemic at bay. Tatler Hong Kong has reported that since last December, there has been an increase in the use of disposable items such as cutlery and coffee cups, especially in Hong Kong. Safeguarding public health is of course a priority, however, in certain instances has meant residents and businesses forget the environmental impact. Coffee shops and restaurants have begun rejecting reusable containers and food deliveries are booming – a study suggested that people are ordering takeaway meals twice as often compared to last year. This will have a contributing effect on the existing 13 million tonnes of plastic that the United Nations reports are dumped into the ocean annually.

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