The Making of an Echo Chamber: How the plastic industry exploited anxiety about COVID-19 to attack reusable bags
March 26, 2020
In a new research brief, Greenpeace USA details the ways the plastics industry is exploiting people’s fears around COVID-19.
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In a new research brief, Greenpeace USA details the ways the plastics industry is exploiting people’s fears around COVID-19. Through front groups, corporate-funded research, and misrepresentation of scientific studies, the plastics industry is using the COVID-19 emergency to create fear about reusable bags, repeal or defeat plastic bag ban legislation, and assert that single-use plastic is necessary to keep people safe.
This brief further exposes how the echo chamber falsely linking coronavirus to reusable grocery bags is a profit-driven distraction to vital safety information that consumers need in order to navigate the COVID-19 crisis.