Imagine an ocean with more masks than jellyfish. The Covid19 pandemic has evoked a rise in plastic waste that has the potential to suffocate our ecosystems for many generations to come. All around the world, face masks and coverings have become a legal requirement when stepping out of your home. Various measures have been put in place by all levels of Governments, however the introduction of compulsory face covering has significantly increased the production and sale of disposable face masks. Single use masks are produced mainly out of polymers. Polymers come in a variety of forms, such as polypropylene, polyurethane, polyacrylonitrile, polystyrene, polycarbonate, polyethylene, or polyester. The long-lastings plastics can continuously emit harmful chemicals into our ecosystems. More specifically, these toxic secretions are hazardous to fish and wildlife when ingested, which ultimately threatens the health of ocean fisheries that humans consume from.
What can you do about the Coronavirus environmental disaster?
For starters, switch to reusable face masks which are made from safer materials. Maskie cotton face masks are not only more comfortable but also have optional filter pockets so you can have 7 layers of protection. Our filters are made of 5 layers which include a carbon filter layer and they can be replaced as infrequently as every week. Maskie offers a variety of styles that compliment a multitude of face shapes and are unisex. Instead of flooding you with an overwhelming variety of mask shapes and sizes, we developed a lineup of styles that encompassed all the things important to you in one perfect cut. Breath-ability, comfort, safety, and a contoured fit. Over 100 variations later we accomplished just that! Shop sustainable face coverings and stylish fashion masks here.