The Future of Single-Use Packaging in a Post-Pandemic World

We were throwing out our plastic bags – until suddenly the supermarkets don’t want our reusable bags brought into their stores any more.  Even the most vocal anti-plastic critics are now relying on a soap or sanitizer pumped or poured from a plastic container. . . .

Rather than all out bans on plastic, are there ways to make them less harmful to the environment, more sustainable?

Single-use packaging can evolve towards lightweight cartridges used in conjunction with durable soap and sanitizer dispensers. The lighter package, which may not have ideal aesthetics, could be hidden inside a shroud or housing so that it is not visually jarring. The design of the dispenser itself can be optimized for minimal human contact, or even touchless, to help improve hygiene and sanitation. . . . what else? more