Surgical and cloth masks have become widely accepted as a way to decrease the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa and across the world. But, conservationists have warned that the coronavirus pandemic could spark a surge in ocean pollution due to the sheer amount of plastic hand sanitiser bottles, disposable masks, and gloves that are being discovered in our planet’s oceans. For South Africans, it is mandatory to wear a mask when out in public spaces, with many choosing to wear cloth masks over surgical masks which have become expensive and relatively scarce. But, even cloth masks have the potential to add to the word’s waste once they become damaged or are no longer needed.
To help lessen the toll the coronavirus pandemic has on the environment, Faithful to Nature is now offering an alternative for consumers. As part of Plastic-free July, the online store is asking South Africans to opt for recycled mask options like those made by WAYSTD. Made of 95% recycled PET bottles (3 x 2l recycled bottles equals 5 WAYSTD masks), these double-layered masks are a much more eco-friendly way to protect yourself and others from the spread of Covid-19.
What’s more, for every mask sold, Faithful to Nature has pledged to help someone less fortunate stay safe too. Robyn Smith, Faithful to Nature founder says “We have created a three-birds-one-stone kind of situation: Buy one WAYSTD Mask off the Faithful to Nature website, and we will donate one to people in need, all while supporting the Sustainable Sea Trust with a R20 donation from each sale off our site. In all this adversity, we still have the power to create positive change and protect the precious African coastline.”
Plastic-free July is a global call to everyone to say “no thank you” to single-use masks, plastic shopping bags, takeaway cups, drinking straws and other items that are contributing to the pollution crisis currently plaguing our oceans and environment.