People all over the world are wearing masks and gloves to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But evidence from Europe shows how many masks and gloves are not being discarded properly.
The WHO and many governments are encouraging citizens to wear masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus. As cases of coronavirus continue to rise around the world it stands that many millions will continue to wear disposable masks for the foreseeable future.
In March, reports of masks along Hong Kong’s beaches surfaced and as time goes on additional photos of masks and gloves on beaches in Europe have now been released. In France, after World Oceans Day, fines for littering have been increased to help prevent mask and gloves from winding up in the ocean.
Environmental campaigners are encouraging people to dispose of masks and gloves properly and to consider reusable masks. Opération Mer Propre (Operation Clean Sea) co-founder Joffrey Peltier told Euronews that the waste is “only the beginning.” “Of course we need to protect ourselves from COVID-19, but I don’t think plastic is the adequate solution,” Peltier said. “We can wear reusable masks, and wash our hands with soap instead of using hydroalcoholic gel, because we’re now also starting to find these gel bottles in the sea.”
See photos of the waste found by Opération Mer Propre:
"A new type of pollution."
A French NGO says it found disposable masks and gloves during a beach cleanup of plastic trash. They told @BBCWorld: "These masks, we haven't had them for long, and we're going to have billions."
(📸: Opération Mer Propre) pic.twitter.com/xYPMzAcF6Y
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