Between the end of February and mid-April 2020, more than 1 billion items of personal protective equipment (PPE) were given out in the United Kingdom alone.
That's millions of face masks and gloves being thrown away every day - in UK healthcare settings. So it’s not difficult to see why conservationists around the globe are sounding the alarm over where all these single-use products are ending up.
Plastic pollution is already one of the greatest threats to our planet even before the coronavirus outbreak. The sudden explosion in the daily use of face masks designed to keep people safe and stop the transmission of the disease is making things so much worse.
There risks being more [face] masks than jellyfish in the waters of the Mediterranean
It is estimated that 75% of disposable face masks will end up floating at sea or in landfills. And with the global sale of disposable face masks to increase from around $800 million to about $166 billion, you can see why disposable masks are a huge environmental catastrophe waiting to happen.
We should all be using reusable washable face masks to help protect our extremely fragile environment.
That's the environmental reason.
Use the calculator below to see how much money disposable masks are costing you.
Protect yourself, protect others, save money and most importantly let's unite to resolve this new pollution crisis as quickly as possible.