GLOVES AND FACE MASKS, A NEW BREED OF PLASTIC POLLUTION
A new kind of pollution, Covid-19 pandemic waste ending up in the world ocean.
Did you know that every month, according to the WHO (World Health Organization), the world requires 76 million examination gloves, 89 million medical masks, and 1.6million protective goggles for the Covid-19 medical response?
According to an analysis by University College London’s scientists, if everybody in the UK’s 67.9 million population used one single-use mask daily, for a year, extra66,000 tons of polluted plastic waste would be generated, with 10 times more climate change effect than utilizing reusable masks.
Personal protective equipment like gloves, face mask are gradually ending up in the world’s oceans and the sea a French environmental group has advised. Operation Mer Proper says its drivers are discovering a growing amount of Personal shielding equipment that is floating in the waters of the French coast.
As he had never seen a mask before and it was unanticipated to find a glove. AS the coronavirus is rising day by day and since the lockdown, as come to an end. People started going out wearing masks on the road as soon as they take out the mask they are just throwing them on the ground. The increase in disposable face mask and gloves that is used to stop the virus is adding to the current plastic pollution threatening the ocean and marine life. This is something new kind of pollution that they are ending up in the sea.
It is a problem that starts in the town and the cities, if people weren’t throwing masks on the street, we would not have found them in the sea. 80 percent of the waste that we see in the sea comes from the land. When it rains the trash is taken away by the rain waters and they end up in the sea through valleys and rivers.
Waste of personal protective equipment has to turn out to be a growing problem amid the coronavirus pandemic. As the wearing of a face mask and gloves become a mutual sight in countries across the world.
Each day millions of gloves and masks are being used and thrown away. Gloves, masks, hand sanitizer bottles, and many other coronaviruses left-over are being found at the sea beds and that is washed up on the beaches.
Every year nearly 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans, making up 80 % of all marine debris conferring to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The latex gloves that are in Shiny colors can be misguided as food by turtles, seabirds, and other marine lives putting them at danger of severing injuries and health.
Every individual should maturely dispose of this waste. Rather than throwing these masks on the ground, it must be disposed of in garbage bins that are available on the roads. Even though the problem is at its primary stage this could be a bigger issue and could increase in the coming days as the pandemic drugs on adding to the previously existing substantial plastic waste in the world’s sea and oceans.