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Not so long ago we all cheered up about the news of nature recovering since people are travelling less. Have you seen the recent pictures gone viral exposing how the coronavirus disposable face masks are adding to the environment pollution? 

Being responsible for the planet means re-using products and recycling as much as we can. We can also replace disposable masks with reusable face masks.

The global coronavirus disposable face masks market size exceeded a value of USD 74.90 billion in Q1 of 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 53.0% from 2020 to 2027. Those are crazy volumes, and while there is a necessity to protect ourselves and others – we can choose the type of masks among so many. You can read more about the different face masks and protection levels they provide here

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Take a look at the original picture and the article that has gone viral about littering used face masks in Hong Kong.

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“We only have had masks for the last six to eight weeks, in a massive volume … we are now seeing the effect on the environment,” said Gary Stokes, founder of the environmental group Oceans Asia.

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With the weather getting warmer and holiday season approaching, also the beaches of British coastline is in danger when people are using disposable masks in large quantities. People are walking, they use their phones in and out from their pockets a mask accidentally falls, and even if they are put in the garbage, they are light enough to blow away. The discarded gloves, wipes and bottles of sanitizer are strewn across parks, sidewalks and roads, as people try to protect themselves and others from infection.

The coronavirus disposable face masks are made of polypropylene, a type of plastic, and are not going to break down quickly. Of course – it is not only masks that are polluting the environment. The masks are only making the situation worse.

Reusable masks vs coronavirus disposable face masks

Google and FB have been actively banning and closing down business accounts for selling and advertising reusable face masks. While Etsy has been encouraging people to produce and sell the hand made masks. The Etsy strategy has paid off, and now there is an enormous selection of homemade and designer print masks available to purchase catering to all taste and price range. 

I have sold more than 1000 washable and reusable face masks on Etsy already. And I have created a donation for reusable face mask “save the ocean mask” where £4 from each single sale will be donated to Marine Conservation Society

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Registered charity no: 1004005 (England & Wales); SC037480 (Scotland)

Why Marine Conservation Society? The name “Marine Conservation Society” was officially adopted and registered with the Charity Commission in 1983. For 37 years they are tirelessly educating society and helping environment by organising more than 15,000 MCS volunteers clean up our beaches each year, and help us tackle marine litter at source. Read more or subscribe for the newsletter here.

When we’re going to be wearing masks day in, day out, there’s no reason why they can’t also be stylish and reusable face masks. Rather than taking N95 medical-grade masks from the front-line workers who need it, try our bright design and comfortable masks with a pocket for the active carbon filter. More about filter benefits you can read in the blog article here.

Stay safe,

Elyssa Fields

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