Every minute of the day we throw away 3 million face masks.
In the early days, these pages looked at how to get hold of locally-made face-masks – which were really very helpful projects back then:
These pages have also looked at the issues around face-masks:
Including plastic pollution:
Here is the latest research from the University of Southern Denmark:
Face masks are a ticking plastic bomb
Every minute of the day we throw away 3 million face masks. Many end up as potentially toxic micro- and nanoplastic or carriers for other toxicants in the environment, researchers warn.
By Birgitte Svennevig, email@example.com, 3/10/2021
Recent studies estimate that we use an astounding 129 billion face masks globally every month – that is 3 million a minute. Most of them are disposable face masks made from plastic microfibers.
– With increasing reports on inappropriate disposal of masks, it is urgent to recognize this potential environmental threat and prevent it from becoming the next plastic problem, researchers warn in a comment in the scientific journal Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering.
The researchers are Environmental Toxicologist Elvis Genbo Xu from University of Southern Denmark and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Zhiyong Jason Ren from Princeton University.
The wider media is picking this up: