Mask Pollution problem – our new challenge
Updated: Dec 28, 2021
Let’s talk about mask pollution.
After many years of investing in education for eco-friendly consumerism, disposable masks have entered our lives.
The need to protect our health and the pressure of an epidemic, never before seen in our generation, have taken priority over protecting the environment.
History shows that about 75% of all the plastic we consume ends up in landfills and oceans.
Taking the UK as an example, 24.7 billion disposable masks are forecasted (about 18.5 billion masks that will pollute our environment from the UK alone). In contrast, the use of reusable masks lowers the number to only 136 million masks.
The disposable masks are mostly made of non-recyclable plastic, which means that mask pollution will stay with us for hundreds of years, long after the COVID-19 pandemic is a distant memory.
So, the next time you are wondering which mask to buy, remember this amazing sea turtle in the picture and think about the world in which you want your child to grow up.