Plastic Free July Challenge | Day 26

Day 26 of the Plastic Free July Challenge

Throughout the year. 2020, face masks have become one of the most prominent symbols of the coronavirus pandemic, both on our faces and, according to experts, in pollution scattered across the planet’s beaches, streets, and bodies of water.

OceansAsia, a non-profit marine conservation advocacy organization, recently conducted research about how many single-use face masks are likely to have entered the world’s oceans in 2020.

Overall, the organization estimates that more than 1.5 billion face masks entered oceans in 2020, resulting in an additional 4,680 to 6,240 metric tons (about 5,160 to 6,880 U.S. tons) of marine plastic pollution. (Source)

We can dramatically reduce this number by just switching to cloth facemasks!

If you’re worried that the reusable cloth facemask doesn’t protect you enough, just try double masking.

Make sure to wash your masks on the daily basis.

What are you using right now? Reusable mask or Disposable mask? If your answer is the latter, are you willing to make the switch? Let me know in the comments!


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