Face masks are often disposed of, even washable ones. Unfortunately, this presents a huge environmental problem. Single-use masks are made of lightweight non-woven polypropylene, polycarbonate, polyester, or polyethylene material.
While they keep pathogens out, these materials are plastic-based. And as we all know, plastics are non-biodegradable, making their disposal a huge global issue.Recent disposal and recycling statistics show that face masks have become the new “plastic bottles.” According to an estimate by Green Matters, over 129 billion face masks are thrown every month we deal with the coronavirus.