Do you want to make a difference in 2021? Below we explain how the impact of the global waste culture on the environment and why reusable face masks with filters are the way to go.
“Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all.” ~ Paul Hawken
WHY ARE DISPOSABLE FACE MASKS BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?
With it being months into the pandemic, the rise in use of single-use face masks across the planet has created an unprecedented amount of waste. It’s no longer possible to ignore the potential hazards to public health and our precious ecosystem. Our responsibility is undeniable and you could be a part of the change. The impact of non-biodegradable items will continue to have a serious effect on the environment in the future if something isn’t done now.
You’ve probably seen the streets littered with blue surgical masks, so it may not come as a surprise that 129 billion are being used each month globally, with 90% ending up in landfills and 75% ending up in the oceans, this is having a massive effect on the environment. It was recently reported that it takes a whopping 450 years for just one disposable face mask to break down. Even though polypropylene can be recyclable, chemical additives turn them into toxic waste. For marine life, this is where the danger lies, as they keep mistaking the “covid debris” for food.
In the UK alone we use 1.6 billion masks per month, this may come as a shock to you but it's now more urgent than ever to find a solution in 2021. A survey by finder.com in October 2020 found that 51% of British people own single-use face masks, this is equivalent to 26.7 million people. 1.5 million don’t even own one. Shocking, right? If you take into account that these masks are being used twice daily, this equates to 53.5 million masks sent to landfills every day. Now is the time to come together.
One way to protect the environment and yourself is to use a lab-developed reusable face mask.
WHY REUSABLE FACE MASKS ARE BETTER?
With about 97% of people in the UK using a mask, it is obvious that masks are becoming embedded in our lives for the foreseeable future. Therefore, it is imperative that find the best way to minimise waste. Hence, a good alternative that makes sense are reusable face coverings, where one filter is equivalent to 20 single-use masks. You get multiple uses out of them, meaning you don’t have to throw one out after every use.
Another scary factor of the potential risks from single-use masks, people are often readjusting them. This leads to the transference of bacteria from surfaces to their mouth, nose and face. Each time you touch the mask, you are contaminating it. However, reusable masks are adjustable and snug, deterring you from touching your face. You can also breathe comfortably and don’t need to worry about that pesty mist steaming up your glasses.
You can get a range of different types ranging from cotton masks to non-woven fabric, and it will all depend on the level of protection that you want. There are reusable masks that are non-medical grade, so if you want to take care of your health, save money and look after the planet, buy a reusable face mask. According to experts, they are just as effective. This is where Supalabs masks come in.
WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE SUPALABS FACE MASKS?
So, why should you choose us?
Supalabs masks have been developed to the highest standards with 98% bacterial particles being filtered out. This is due to the stringent science-led development behind them. They have 5 layers of protection (the PM2.5 filters) and an anti-microbial outer layer that blocks droplets from coughs and sneezes. With a wide range of colours to choose from, you can be sure that you will be safe and stylish.
Supalabs offers extreme protection without compromising on quality or comfort. The adjustable straps and proven breathability allow these face masks to last for months to come. We even made our reusable face masks with nose wires, further aiding in your comfort. Along with the fact that they are lab-developed, they are made from eco-friendly materials and are also washable. The WHO recommends you wash them after every use. To make it even more simple, you can just spray some sanitiser on your mask as you go about your day. No need to worry about changing your mask in-between places due to it being single-use.
Especially relevant is how our company is committed to giving and supporting the community. For each Supalabs mask purchase, we donate a percentage of our profits to support the causes you care about.
You can find our Supalabs masks here.
HOW LONG DO THE FILTERS LAST?
To further aid in the safety of Supalabs masks, PM2.5 filters are included. The 5-layered technology includes activated carbon and is scientifically proven to protect you against harmful bacteria, irritants, viruses and pollutants.
For maximum protection, the filters are removable and replaceable. It is recommended to replace them every 1 to 2 weeks, but this can be earlier depending on the circumstances. The prolonged use of this type of mask is another reason that they are better compared to single-use face masks. A win-win situation for the environment and you. Even when you are out and about, we have a hand and fabric sanitiser available in 50ml and 100ml sizes for a quick spray in between uses.
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