The global fight to combat COVID-19 (sars-cov-2) pandemic advocates the use of face mask in public spaces. However, disposable masks often containing polypropylene plastics, are commonly end up floating in rivers and into oceans, becoming microplastics, eaten by fishes and eventually into our very own food chain.
Non-reusable masks made out of plastics like polypropylene can take up to 450 years to fully decompose. Up to 1.5 billion face masks used in the year 2020 ended up in our oceans. These face masks will add to an additional of 6000 tons of extra plastic waste in our oceans. Global production is estimated to be around 52 billion masks manufactured in 2020, single use face masks are adding enormous waste to our dumpsters and waste fills. Global sales are estimated to be $166 billion for 2020.
Wear a reusable washable face mask where possible outside of essential clinical environments. Choose environmental friendly, sustainable and reusable masks replacements where possible.
- Masks that fit properly
- Masks made with breathable fabric (such as cotton)
- Masks made with tightly woven fabric (i.e. fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source)
- Masks with two or three layers
- Masks with inner filter pockets