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When Plastics Met COVID-19: 10 Unexpected Moments

From the sublime to the ridiculous, Twitter provides surprising snapshots where COVID-19 intersects with plastics.

Rick Lingle, Senior Technical Editor

April 27, 2020

3 Min Read
When Plastics Met COVID-19: 10 Unexpected Moments

A Twitter search for #COVID19 and plastic reveals a diverse range of moments when individuals and organizations leverage polymeric materials in unexpected ways in the ongoing battle against the spread of COVID-19. These intriguing Tweets involve 3D printing, ocean plastics, protective gear, dog toys and more, starting with a mask that makes a clear difference for some. Plastic’s transparency enables communication.

A heartbreaking film.

Ocean plastics are diverted and reused to provide critical protection.

#3Dprinting plays a supportive role including sudden, helpful pivots by large corporations…

…to individuals pitching in where they live.

The examples on the next page are in a lighter vein.




Function over form: A plastic water bottle with a repurpose.

Pet owner gets desperately resourceful.

A doggy disposal bag as an impromptu DIY mask.

Recycled plastics decorate a tricked-out rickshaw.

Last, but not least, the pandemic has caused the previously commonplace to be viewed with a new perspective.

About the Author(s)

Rick Lingle

Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday

Rick Lingle is Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree from Clarke College and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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