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Posted 2020-10-26 15:06:28 UTC

Five Things You Need to Know About Disposable Masks and Ocean Pollution

The fight against plastic pollution is suffering a huge setback from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the use of disposable masks, gloves and hand sanitisers soars.

 

1. Pollution increases due to huge increase in mask sales

 

The huge numbers of disposable masks being sold worldwide has led to an extraordinary increase in the production of disposable masks. UN trade body UNCTAF estimates global sales will total $166 billion this year, up from $800 million in 2019.

 

Recent footage of divers picking up masks and gloves scattered around the French Riviera were a shock for many, reminding politicians that the plastic pollution problem needs addressing fast.

 

2. The risk of pollution from toxins in the environment is serious

 

The UN environment programme UNEP has warned that there could be public health risk from infected used masks being dumped into landfill. Uncontrolled burning of the increased amount of medical waste and disposable masks will lead to the release of toxins into the environment.

 

 3. Existing solutions could cut plastic use by 80%

 

Switching to reusable masks and designing more products that are not single use, have reduced packaging and can be easily recycled will massively reduce plastic dumping in the oceans.

 

 

4. Global cooperation is essential

 

Global trade policies must be introduced that make all countries comply with fighting plastic pollution.

 

 5. Promote alternatives that are planet friendly

 

 

Environmental protection agencies are encouraging governments to promote easily recyclable, reusable alternatives to plastic and disposable masks.

 

Do your bit to protect the environment by switching to a reusable masks and help cut down on the amount of plastic being dumped into our oceans.

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