Disposable face masks: Don’t let today’s solution be tomorrow’s problem.

Why switching from disposable masks to reusables is a no-brainer...

By Marcus Taylor

Here at The Black Mask Company, we've always been at the forefront of the disposable vs reusable mask debate. So, for those of you still on the fence, and still working your way through disposable masks, put the kettle on, pull up a chair and let's chat...

The Back Story

Phone, wallet, keys... mask! We have all (just about) got used to face masks being a regular part of our lives. Why? Because we know they are key to fighting COVID-19 and getting out of lockdown.

However, with the British public throwing away 53 MILLION masks EVERY DAY in the UK, we're building a waste mountain that risks creating a major environmental crisis. Disposable masks have a catastrophic consequence on the environment, and yet 90% of us are STILL wearing them.

It’s time to ensure the solution of today doesn’t become the problem of tomorrow. It's time to ditch the disposable masks and rock the reusables!

Now we have your attention, lets get to the detail...

Disposable Masks: By Land

Labelling disposable masks as ‘rivalling the dreaded plastic carrier bag’, The Environment Journal has written a pretty brutal report on the devastating effects of abandoned masks. With just 10% of the UK public wearing reusable face masks, they estimate that an eye watering 53 million disposable masks end up in landfill every day in the UK.

We did some math: if 53 million masks, weighing 3 grams each are thrown away, that equals 159 tonnes worth of mask. That's the equivalent of 106 BMW 1 series cars stuffed into landfill sites. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Disposable Masks: By Sea

What about the disposable masks that don’t end up in landfill? Well, according to a report by OceansAsia, a conservative estimate says 3% will find their way into the world’s oceans. So how many ended up in the ocean in 2020, based on that estimate?

1.56 billion.

There are now more face masks than jellyfish swimming in our oceans. Plastic pollution already kills an estimated 100,000 marine mammals and turtles, over a million seabirds and a greater number of fish each year (OceanAsia), and we can't let this number rise anymore. 

Don't Compromise: You can still have 3-layers

The World Health Organisation guidelines state that masks must have three layers to prevent the spread of any kind of airborne disease. If your disposable mask is made of one layer, it’s about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike. Get rid.

Reusable doesn’t have to mean single layer. The entire range at The Black Mask Company provide 3-layer solutions, also benefitting from nano-silver technology. 

How can you help? 

3-layer reusable masks.

If you’re washing and reusing, you’re doing your part. But, it's not just the mask you wear; the masks your friends, family and business adopt are all crucial to finding a sustainable post-COVID world.

Not only will it save the environment, but it will also protect the purse strings. At just 30p per wear, our masks really are a no-brainer.

What’s more, the cotton masks sold by The Black Mask Company are all biodegradable. That means, if they do end up in the ocean or a landfill site, they won’t be there for decades to come.

It’s a simple switch with a HUGE impact – make it now.