“We cannot protect human health without a healthy environment. The hundreds of billions of disposable plastic masks and gloves that we are using have an enormous cost ”, warned Julio Barea, responsible for the Greenpeace waste campaign, already last year shortly after the confinement.
Since then, in the environmental NGO they assure that “no more data has come out”, but it is easy to deduce that, if by July 2020, the experts spoke of hundreds of billions, at this point in the pandemic, we can calculate hundreds of Thousands of tons of masks that destroy the marine substrate, being swallowed by the inhabitants of our seas themselves, and that are disseminated by oceans that are already very damaged by oil and non-recyclable chemicals.
And the worst thing is that a normal surgical mask can take hundreds of years to degrade, which will end up in our diet in the form of microparticles scattered all over the planet in the food chain.
What’s more, non-compostable masks carry risks such as the release of toxins into the environment during open burning or incineration of these wastes. That is, they generate a greenhouse effect by producing carbon dioxide, due to the plastic compositions derived from oil.
This is confirmed by Saulo Delfino Barboza, associate professor of the Health and Education Program at the University of Ribeirao Preto, in Brazil: “single-use plastic materials are polluting our air, water and soil and, therefore, harming our health . Getting rid of single-use plastics is now a public health issue. ”
In other words, our health depends on the preservation of the Earth’s natural resources. That is why Barea recalled that “we need to protect ourselves from COVID but in a way that does not endanger us from other serious diseases in the future.”
The responsibility to contribute by innovating
For all this, from the beginning of the pandemic, some entrepreneurs have been concerned about finding infallible protection elements that combine safe technological development with eco-sustainability.
As is the case with company Mascarillas Bejar, which, after demonstrating the effectiveness of its eco-sustainable PET masks and biodegradable, ergonomic and transparent, it remains committed to leading the compostable revolution with its innovative eco masks.
After numerous investigations in their facilities throughout this long year and a half, thanks to which they have evolved since the Nan300 masks up to OLIVs, now they have advanced to create these compostables. “They are the only ones that do not pollute and prevent us from continuing to leave our mark on the planet,” they explain from the company.
How did they do it?
In the first place, using PLA biodegradable material, from corn, cassava or potato, which is the component with which they make the spunbond, a ‘non-woven fabric’ with various applications whose main advantage is that it is disposable.
Second, using the BFE filter (Bacteria Filtration Efficiency), they cover the inside of the compostable mask with the Electrospun material, a nanofiber based on the green soy protein.
Third, they manufacture certified and approved masks with elastics also made of PLA (rubber bands) and even with biodegradable wires.
In such a way that the Bejar mask as a whole decomposes into compost in eight weeks. Unlike the most commercialized during this pandemic, which we find constantly forgotten by gardens, beaches and forests and will take centuries to degrade, with the consequent risk of affecting the fauna and flora of the different ecosystems.
The #revolutioncompostable campaign
So, if you are concerned about the state in which this health crisis has finished leaving the environment and you take care of your natural environment as if it were your own home; if you regret the world that your children will have with a nature infested by our garbage; If you believe that each individual action adds up to guarantee the future of the planet and that of Humanity itself; You may be interested in finding out more about this compostable revolution and joining the motto #YoUsoCompost, to verify that you are not a rare bird and there are even companies that demonstrate the same shared responsibility.