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Will COVID-19 break or build our bond with plastic?

The pandemic has led to a steep rise in single use plastics, in our homes, our businesses and our hospitals. Will this return to a more throw-away approach to plastic be with us to stay? If that is the case, what are the implications across our society in the coming years? And what, if any, are the solutions?

Join Policy@Manchester on Wednesday 2 December to hear Dr Helen Holmes talk about how our relationship with plastics has changed over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Register your interest by emailing and a Zoom link will be sent in advance of the event. Be sure to include the date and title of the event in your email, to avoid confusion with other events in this series.

Dr Helen Holmes

Helen Holmes is an interdisciplinary social scientist with expertise in the sociology of consumption, materiality and diverse economies, particularly circular economy. Helen joined The University of Manchester in 2015 as a Hallsworth Fellow based at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, undertaking a project exploring contemporary forms of thrift. Helen was appointed as a lecturer in 2020 and is also a member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives.


Event Details

Start Wednesday 2 Dec 2020 11:30am
Finish Wednesday 2 Dec 2020 12:30pm
Organised by Policy@Manchester (University of Manchester)

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