It’s important that we all wear masks to protect ourselves and others from the threat of coronavirus. But how we throw them away can be harmful to animals. Read on for tips on how to prevent our masks from harming animals.

Disposable masks and other PPE are made of mostly plastic. Mask litter has been increasing and many waste systems are overwhelmed with the increase. These plastic masks and gloves are a threat to our waterways because they can break down into smaller pieces.

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Animals already mistake plastic for food and masks are no different. Make sure you properly dispose of masks in the appropriate bin or recycling spot. When throwing away disposable masks, cut off the ear straps so wildlife can’t get tangled in them.

If you aren’t required to wear a specific type of PPE for work, consider using cloth or reusable masks! This helps prevent additional pollution in the environment.

Catch all of our articles about masks, including tips on mask safety and how to make your own!

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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