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1.6 Billion Disposable Masks Entered Our Oceans in 2020 and will take 450 years to biodegrade
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An estimated 1.6 billion disposable masks wound up in the ocean in 2020, creating a vast pile of floating plastic waste and threatening marine life across the planet.

Researchers from Visual Capitalist found that 3 percent of the 52 billion disposable single-use masks produced to curb the Covid-19 pandemic found their way into the sea.

The throwaway masks sent 5500 metric tonnes of plastic into the oceans, which will take up to 450 years to biodegrade, the group said.

The waste from N95 and surgical masks created a mass of plastic waste about 7 percent of the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a huge gyre of floating debris that circulates in ocean currents.

The masks are usually made of polypropylene, which breaks up into microplastics and is then eaten by aquatic animals and birds, blocking their digestive tracts and causing their stomachs to become stuffed with plastic.

The UN reports: If historical data is a reliable indicator, it can be expected that around 75% of the used masks, as well as other pandemic-related waste, will end up in landfills, or floating in the seas.

In China, an estimated 450 million disposable masks were manufactured every day during the height of the pandemic in April 2020.

The looming environmental catastrophe prompted one French ecologist to warn last year: “Soon there will be more masks than jellyfish.”

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/1-6-billion-disposable-masks-entered-our-oceans-in-2020/ & the Independent

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