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Disposable face masks are polluting the environment

Disposable face masks are polluting the environment

Disposable face masks are polluting the environment – Reusable cloth masks are an eco-friendly option for reducing exposure to coronavirus. Click here to read the full story.

In the "new normal" post-covid-19 world, face masks have become a daily essential, but the huge spike in the consumption of single-use disposable masks by the public is causing increased ocean pollution, adding to the already large amounts of single-use plastic and other waste that end up in the sea.

As reported by The Guardian, French environmental group Opération Mer Propre (Operation Clean Sea) refers to the dozens of surgical gloves, face masks and hand sanitiser bottles that suddenly turn up in the Mediterranean Sea as ‘Covid waste’.

Governments all over the world are battling coronavirus by requiring people to wear face masks, but the used masks are too readily thrown away, and most cannot be recycled even if we wanted to.

However, that’s no excuse to stop wearing your mask. Switch to reusable face masks and help save the planet while also keeping yourself and others safe.

Join the Green Motion team in giving a 'Thumbs up to facemasks' and help play your part in keeping everybody safe while remaining conscious of our effects on the environment.