Recent conservationists have warned that the coronavirus pandemic could spark a surge in ocean pollution, adding to a glut of plastic waste that already threatens marine life after finding disposable masks floating like jellyfish and being scattered across sea beds.
The quantities of masks and gloves found were far from enormous, said Peltier. But he worried that the discovery hinted at a new kind of pollution, one set to become ubiquitous after millions around the world turned to single-use plastics to combat the coronavirus. “It’s the promise of pollution to come if nothing is done,” Joffrey Peltier, The Guardian, June 2020.
Worryingly there is already evidence of plastic pollution caused by masks. Conservationists have reported finding masses of surgical masks washing up on the shoreline, this announcement of mandatory face masks being worn has led to an alarming rise in personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks used by the general public being thrown away on the streets, parks, and beaches instead of being put in a bin.
Our hope is that the majority of people understand the benefits of what reusable masks bring to the market and how Jayley has taken on board eco-friendly and sustainable face masks. When buying into a reusable mask it is helping to stop the mass number of disposable masks being found on beaches, parks, streets and the excessive number of masks being found in landfill sites. At Jayley we encourage people to buy into washable, reusable types of masks that have been responsibly and sustainably-made.