DISPOSABLE MASKS AND PLASTIC POLLUTION
Reading a confronting article in the UN News about the environmental impact of COVID19 and the use of disposable masks... Some of the figures are really quite astounding:
- Global sales of disposable masks will total some $166 billion this year, up from around $800 million in 2019.
- If historical data is a reliable indicator, it can be expected that around 75 per cent of the used masks, as well as other pandemic-related waste, will end up in landfills, or floating in the seas.
- Aside from the environmental damage, the financial cost, in areas such as tourism and fisheries, is estimated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at around $40 billion.
As the festive season approaches, borders open in Australia, and families and friends re-unite, we hope you will be looking for an eco-friendly alternative to disposable masks!
We love Etsy. And the sustainable cottage home-based industries it supports. Amongst the many attractive re-usable options, we founnd an enterprising Australian eco-artisan - handmaking reusable cotton masks in a range of Christmas fabrics. https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/812545111/christmas-face-masks-cotton-handmade-in?ref=related-2&pro=1.
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