by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
Recently, the trendy response in North Carolina to plastic waste pollution in the Indian Ocean was to outlaw plastic straws here, or barring that, shame or compel restaurants to virtue-signal not offering their patrons straws. Greensboro held a “No Straw November,” for instance. Restaurants from Charlotte to Wrightsville Beach inconvenienced customers in solidarity.
Now, however, the trends in North Carolina and many places around the world has been to force or pressure restaurant patrons — people everywhere, actually — to wear a face mask. Or two. Or what about … three?
Research from the University of Southern Denmark warns:
The research characterizes the masks as a “ticking plastic bomb.”