Please make covid-19 lateral flow tests eco-friendly.

Please make covid-19 lateral flow tests eco-friendly.

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Kate Thompson started this petition to Department of Health and Social Care

The affects of continued mass global use of non-recyclable single use plastic lateral flow testing equipment, will have a devastating effect on the planet and ecosystems across the world. 

These lateral flow tests could easily be changed to recyclable antibacterial cardboard with biodegradable packaging, which could then be placed in the paper recycling bins and would be heat-treated as part of the recycling process...therefore making it hygienic, eco-friendly and sustainable.

Plastic pollution on land and in the oceans poses a great threat to plants, animals, marine life and humans. The plastics breakdown and release a variety of chemicals during degradation, these released harmful chemicals seep into the surrounding soil, which can then make its way into groundwater and other surrounding water sources and all the ecosystem of the world.

Alot of plastic waste ends up in the oceans and breakdown into micro plastics that ends up in our food chain. 

Also when disposable plastics degrade in the environment, they emit several greenhouse gases. When plastic is exposed to sunlight, it produces methane and ethylene, which have a detrimental effect. It has been determined that greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic lifecycle account for 3.8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

There are so many reasons to make these tests eco friendly.

 @prettygreens 

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