FACE MASKS: HOW AND WHERE ARE THEY BEING DISPOSED?Kruti
Have you ever wondered where the masks that you dispose after using are thrown? When the novel Coronavirus hit countries around the globe, more than billion masks have been produced worldwide and this includes medically insulated masks as well as surgical masks, cotton masks etc for the general public.
In the UK alone between February and mid April more than a billion personal protective gear was given out to civilians alone. Environmentalists have been worried about the rapid increase of landfills due to the magnamious consumption of masks globally.
A walk to the shore is now filled with masks, gloves along with the waste that has been contaminating our oceans and rivers.
Here are some concerns that environmentalists have raised and we as a responsible, sustainable brand second:
1. Discarded face masks pose social and environmental risks, both short-term and long-term.
The fact that we are still looking for sustainable means of disposing of personal protection gears which can be a threat to the workers of garbage disposal. The threat to the environment speaks of the long term impact that will be added to the environmental pollution. 2. Discarded face masks can become floating marine debris and impact the marine ecosystems Across the globe one can witness this pattern take place and it poses a threat to marine life as well.
3. Rivers and mountainous areas may become dumping grounds, which not only could hinder our pandemic response efforts to properly dispose of single-use masks, but also wreak havoc on wildlife.
4. From a social risk perspective, a spike in the amount of disposed waste might lead to an increase in the demand for incinerator capacity.
The way to move forward while battling the pandemic is to look for sustainable alternatives to mask disposals.
As civilians choose masks that are reusable, Muwin masks are 30 times reusable and washable. This reduces 29 masks per person waste.
The disposal systems also need to have a sustainable approach. Our environment is also battling the pandemic, and it is our duty to be a conscious user.