Did you know that 129B single-use plastic face masks are being used every month at the moment?
It was Earth Day this week, and recycling social enterprise Waterhaul teamed up with Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust to do something about COVID-related plastic pollution. The plan is to use melted down masks to make new products – the first being a litter picker.
A Kickstarter has been launched to help fund the ‘Retask the Mask’ collaboration. Harry Dennis, CEO at Waterhaul, comments:
“We’re aiming to turn this problem into part of the solution.”
“By working with the NHS Trust we can intercept this plastic at the source before it heads to landfill and create a useful product that will enable us to collectively tackle the masks which have already escaped into the environment.”