According to the report, about 5200 crore masks have been made this year due to coronavirus.
Coronavirus has brought a variety of multilevel problems along with health. According to a report, the marine ecosystem will also be heavily polluted this year due to the masks used. Around 150 crore used face masks will reach the sea this year by various means.
These thousands of tons of plastic will cause huge damage to marine wildlife due to pollution spread in the seawater. Hong Kong’s environmental protection organization Ocean Asia has released a report in this regard based on global market research.
5200 million masks made this year
According to the report, about 5200 crore masks have been made this year due to coronavirus. Based on traditional calculations, 3 per cent of this will reach the sea. This single use face mask is made of Meltblon type plastic. Due to its composition, danger and infection, it is very difficult to recycling. It reaches our oceans when it is in the trash or carelessly thrown anywhere or when our waste management system becomes inadequate or fails. The weight of each mask is three to four grams.
In this situation, more than 6800 tonnes of plastic pollution will be generated. It will take about 450 years to finish. The report said that rubber or plastic rope attached to the mask to the ear is causing complication for marine organisms. A dead puffer fish was found trapped in a disposable mask during cleaning on Miami Beach in August. In September, a dead penguin was found in Brazil, whose mask was found in the stomach.
Reusable and washed masks are used – Report
The report suggests wearing masks made from frequently used and washed clothes to avoid this danger. The Royal Society of Britain had recently suggested that for animal protection, remove the strap attached to the ear before throwing your mask.