The Impact of COVID-19 on the Plastic Waste Problem

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred the wearing of masks, observing health protocols, and avoiding crowds for everyone’s safety. However, the plastic waste problem also rose. Does Mother Nature have to pay for all our efforts in self-preservation? 

The new coronavirus, COVID-19, has unleashed panic and fear among people worldwide as deaths continue to rise and practically brought the world to a standstill.

2020 is a grim year for humanity as the global pandemic claimed millions of lives, taunting the health care system, and stalled the economies worldwide. COVID-19 has set off a “new normal” way of life where health authorities mandate the wearing of face masks, observing social distancing, and regular washing of the hands for everyone’s safety. People are advised to avoid crowds and stay home as much as possible.

As of January 2021, there are more than 102 million cases and more than two million deaths worldwide.

The new health protocols created a demand for face masks, face shields, and other protective equipment or tools to ward off the virus. Because restaurants were closed or disallowed dining in, people either cooked more at home or resorted to taking to-go food or takeout orders. These also triggered the demand for more food plastic packaging. Imagine the plastic and other wastes generated from all these. 

The COVID-19 Plastic Problem

According to Science Magazine, single-use face mask production reached 116 million pieces per day in China in February, increasing the demand twelvefold. The World Health Organization (WHO) also recommended a 40% increase in disposable PPE production. It is also projected that 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves worth of waste per month will be produced because of the pandemic. In the United States, it is predicted that an entire year’s volume of medical waste will be reached within just two months if estimated similarly to China’s influx of plastic waste.  

Meanwhile, the production of plastic packaging also shot up. Because of the lockdowns, people are forced to stay at home and order take-out meals and home-delivered groceries. Singapore alone produced an additional 1400 tons of plastic in just a matter of 8 weeks. Overall, the pandemic caused a massive increase in the global plastic packaging market, from the US $ 909.2 billion in 2019 to a forecast  US $1012.6 billion in 2021. 

As the lockdowns eventually eased, people are now allowed to socialize to some degree. However,  the significant change brought by social distancing exacerbated the littering problem. Open spaces such as parks and beaches became the new “restaurants,” but without staff cleaning up after the guests. Consequently, this again caused an increase in littered plastic cups, bottles, and, additionally, discarded single-use face masks.  Oceans Asia reported an alarming rise in face masks among shores and suburbs, which pose a garbage problem and a health problem as well. 

Taking Responsibility

With the dramatic increase in the plastic garbage volume in less than a year, one wonders whether the target is to make 2030 the year when the ocean plastic crisis ends. The target year would have imagined the renaissance of nature and wildlife. However, as the pandemic continues, tagging along with the global waste problem, environment advocates may find it hard to achieve a plastics-free world in 2030. Understandably, many would put their survival first before being mindful of the environment. 

However, we also have to adopt a more long-term mindset, especially in the new normal. We are all certainly wishing for this pandemic to end, but we will have to face the consequences of irresponsible waste disposal too. After all, the death of our wildlife and ecosystem will also mean an end to human survival. 

Even the simple act of not littering and properly disposing of waste can go a long way. As social creatures, modeling behaviors can influence the actions of others. According to Professor Wesley Schultz, people are more prone to litter in places that are already dirty.  Thus, cleaning the parks and playgrounds of our mess can do wonders.  

Choosing Products Responsibly

To contribute less to the mask-littering problem, opt for an eco-friendly version using cloth instead of disposable masks. Aside from being washable and reusable, many manufacturers with sustainable practices are also producing them to meet the demand.

Bringing your containers when buying food can also help lower the use of single-use plastics. Besides, it is also an added safety that you sterilize them yourself.

Change Yourself, Change the World

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Just like we cannot end the virus without following health protocols, we cannot live in a healthy and abundant environment if we do not adopt an eco-friendly mindset.


Sustainable Manufacturing and Its Implications in Business

Sustainable manufacturing practices can ease the negative effects on the environment and remain profitable at the same time.

Sustainable manufacturing is a way of producing goods in an environmentally-sound and economical way. These are processes that utilize materials that have little or no impact on the environment. 

Aside from decreasing the carbon footprint of manufacturing, it also aims to minimize energy expenditure which could save company costs and overheads. This way the company earns more in the long run. Sustainable manufacturing also produces better and safer products both for the employees and consumers. 

How Sustainable Practices Work In Your Business’ Favor

In recent years, more and more companies have been adopting the policy of “sustainability,” integrating it into their company’s DNA, mission, vision, and marketing strategies. What started out with small-scale enterprises calling themselves “green,” the concept of doing your part to protect the environment is now being implemented by big companies and corporations. 

You can now see “green” products in different business sectors, not just manufacturing. Often, the switch to being more sustainable has gained them favor in the community and has also proven to be economical and profitable. 

Being Sustainable Should Not Be A Question Anymore

Our disregard for the environment has been evident, clearly a result of neglect. From climate change, water pollution, landfill problems, toxic leaks, and many more, it is beyond any doubt that switching to sustainable practices is our only option. 

Society has been demanding change for quite some time now. And the business sector, including manufacturing, is starting to follow suit. Consumers now patronize products that are sustainable, environment-friendly, and whose processes show regard for the environment. What could have started as pressure from public outcry, has now produced positive results for the environment and the companies’ bottom lines. 

Here are some practical reasons why a company might want to look into sustainable options:

  • By reducing your costs and waste, you can improve and increase your productivity and operational efficiency.
  • Gain new customers, widen your market reach, and ultimately increase your advantage over your competitors.
  • Public trust. By building your brand on socially relevant issues like environmental concerns, you strengthen your brand’s reputation and create a positive image for your company.
  • Sustainable is equal to long-term business. This is a good way for your company to have a firm hold on the market and survive for years to come.
  • Easily adapt to constraints in terms of regulations and circumstances. Adaptability will always open up to big opportunities. 

BIDI® Vapor and the Premium, Sustainable BIDI® Stick 

BIDI® Vapor utilizes only premium, high-quality materials with its products and ensures durability, dependability, and consumer satisfaction. Aside from consumer responsibility, opting to utilize high-grade materials guarantees the product’s recyclability. 

The BIDI® Stick was recently awarded a UL 8139 certification which assures the safety of its batteries. This certification evaluated the batteries of BIDI® Stick, specifically its electrical, heating, and charging systems, and has deemed it safe for consumers. This is further testimony to BIDI® Vapor’s commitment to quality and safety, evident in all their products. It continues to do so with ongoing research and development, innovating the premium BIDI® Stick and all other products.

The BIDI® Cares Initiative

The batteries that the BIDI® Stick uses are  280 mAh cellphone-grade, come fully charged out of the box, and are ready to use. This battery, although comparatively costly than other brands, is more dependable, and sustainable. It is easily recyclable, and recycling is actually encouraged among adult consumers through the BIDI® Cares initiative. 

A Sustainable Future

BIDI® Vapor is built on the mission and vision of providing sustainable products for a better future for everyone. Backed by thorough research, development of innovative solutions, hard work, and the right mix of people, the company believes that its vision will eventually be realized.

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5 Different Ways to Safeguard the Ecosystem

Protecting the Earth does not have to be complicated. Learn how you can save Mother Nature in your own way.

As stewards of the natural environment, it is our job to protect it from abuse and destruction. Our survival as human beings depends on how we nurture and preserve the environment. Protecting the ecosystem also means being conscious of sustainability, not to abuse or deplete our natural resources. 

The main point of going eco-friendly is sustainability. Choosing an eco-friendly lifestyle impacts the world significantly, even in small ways. Here are five different ways you can achieve that:

Eat sustainably.

What we eat contributes to greenhouse gas emissions due to food production. Manufacturing establishments are responsible for 60% of worldwide biodiversity loss.

Farming animals require huge consumption of water and food. Expansion of agricultural land for animal feed production is one of the significant causes of forest loss. Producing meat creates more carbon dioxide compared to plants and vegetables.

When you begin taking more plant-based products in your diet, it lowers the carbon footprint impact on the environment. 

Conserve electricity and water.

Opt for an energy-efficient light bulb instead of the regular ones. These types of bulbs not only last longer, but they can help you save money as well. Also, turn off lights and appliances that you are not using to save on energy. If it is not necessary to use the HVAC system, then don’t use it. Simply open your windows during the fall or layer your clothes during the early fall. You can practice this between seasons.

To save water, practice turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth. Don’t turn on your shower until you’re ready to step into the water and wash your hair. Limit using your water when you’re washing the dishes. Change your old habits for the good of the environment while saving money too!

Reduce your waste.

Every product that we purchase leaves an environmental footprint, which can only end up in landfills. Plastic, for instance, causes pollution in the ocean. It can result in harmful effects on marine life.

You can start bringing reusable bags when grocery shopping. Too many grocery shopping plastic bags are accumulated at dumping sites or in different areas of the environment. These items can suffocate wildlife, or wildlife could mistake them for food. 

Plastics also take too long to decompose in landfills. Toxic, hazardous chemicals and even greenhouse gases from garbage are emitted from landfills.  Reducing waste also means minimizing, if not avoiding, food waste. Statistics show that about a third of the food production in the world is thrown away. Buy what you can consume, so you don’t throw away spoiled food, even rotten vegetables and fruits.

Choose recyclable items when purchasing.

Recycling is one of the most straightforward practices you can do to help preserve the environment. Because recycling reduces the need for raw materials, it reduces pollution and preserves Mother Nature. Through recycling, you help minimize pollution. Thus, when you purchase items, remember to choose items that can be recycled.

If you are a vape user, choose the BIDI® Stick, which is made of high-quality material that can be recycled. It is manufactured by BIDI® Vapor, a company that cares about and supports the environment. Through the BIDI® Cares Program, it helps reduce waste by properly disposing of it through recycling. 

Save Our Planet, Recycle Your BIDI® Stick.

While you follow the simple steps to saving our world, choose eco-friendly products. Help conserve the environment by choosing products responsibly. Be a responsible vape user and support a company that cares about the same thing you do.

Learn more about the BIDI® Cares program by exploring our website.