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.
There is no greater grief in the world than you cannot hug your child directly.— Santosh Kumar J (@MPsantoshtrs) April 18, 2020
A soldier fighting #Covid19 is forced to hug his child wrapped in a plastic cover.
He has caught the virus while protecting us. Heart melting stories around us.#TheyStayOutForYou#YouStayHomeForThem pic.twitter.com/HI5B2tX7Ld
Ocean plastics are diverted and reused to provide critical protection.
#3Dprinting plays a supportive role including sudden, helpful pivots by large corporations…
In normal times, our global 3D printer network builds vehicle parts for our factories worldwide.— Daimler AG (@Daimler) April 16, 2020
But these are not normal times. That’s why during the #COVID19 pandemic, our 3D printers produce plastic shields that provide a physical barrier to people’s faces. pic.twitter.com/wsFNNvtoUK
…to individuals pitching in where they live.
“Service before self” is a core value of the @usairforce, and one airman has embodied it during the #COVID19 pandemic. With his neighbor, Ryan Taft is making a piece of plastic that’s making a big difference. https://t.co/vAWRF7Btth pic.twitter.com/hHr3vrqjlb— Department of Defense (@DeptofDefense) April 22, 2020
The examples on the next page are in a lighter vein.
Function over form: A plastic water bottle with a repurpose.
#Coronavirus #COVID19 #Philippines— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) April 6, 2020
A picture shows a resident of Manila using an improvised face shield made from a plastic water.
More on AFPForumhttps://t.co/gW7BzN2DKG pic.twitter.com/0wGw3TwyoN
Pet owner gets desperately resourceful.
A doggy disposal bag as an impromptu DIY mask.
Had to improvise going to the grocery store. I forgot my mask at home, so I rummaged through my car & found a plastic doggy disposal bag & some scotch tape. Voila - a makeshift mask. Send me some of your creative makeshift mask ideas . #COVID19 #coronavirus #masks pic.twitter.com/rDC3PB44v0— Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) April 23, 2020
Recycled plastics decorate a tricked-out rickshaw.
#BanegaSwasthIndia | A Chennai-based artist hopes to spread awareness about #Coronavirus through a modified #COVID19 themed auto-rickshaw made from #Recycling 163 plastic bottleshttps://t.co/xFSE6kSTBy pic.twitter.com/cFsUAV3XaS— Banega Swasth India (@banegaswasthind) April 27, 2020
Last, but not least, the pandemic has caused the previously commonplace to be viewed with a new perspective.