Disposable masks are clogging up our seas for the next 450 years [and there are more masks to come], reports the Visual Capitalist.
- 52 billion disposable face masks were produced in 2020 (this includes N95 respirators and surgical masks)
- It’s estimated that 1.6 billion of these masks ended up in our oceans
- This equates to roughly 5,500 tons of plastic pollution
Disposable #COVID19 masks are expected to take more than 450 years to decompose. They break up into microplastics, endangering the precious marine wildlife around the globe.
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) July 30, 2021
AT LEAST WE KNOW FAUCI IS DEFINITIVE ON THE ISSUE, OH, WAIT
At this point we have to consider whether Fauci is actually a disinformation agent on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party. Sure seems to like spreading nonsense that hurts Americans. pic.twitter.com/lyPOEZaovi
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) July 27, 2021
Despite their single-use nature, disposable masks are expected to take more than four centuries to decompose while in the ocean. Here’s how this compares to other items we use on a day-to-day basis.
|Item||Years Needed to Biodegrade|
|Plastic grocery bag||20|