- Antoinette Taus urged everyone to choose fabric face masks instead of the disposable ones
- She said disposable face masks have contributed to the world’s plastic pollution
- The UNEP goodwill ambassador shared some tips on how we can reduce waste as we protect ourselves against the COVID-19
Antoinette Taus is urging the public to use fabric face masks instead of the disposable ones.
On Instagram, Antoinette reminded the public to be wary of the garbage they make whenever they use disposable face masks. She said the huge consumption of disposable masks has contributed to the world’s pollution.
She wrote, “Our ocean is suffering in so many ways and one of them is due to all of our #COVID19 disposable masks and gloves. This deva
statingly high volume of medical waste adds to the ongoing global issue of (plastic pollution).”
She shared photos of mask-littered beaches and expressed alarm over the amount of waste the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about.
“Improper treatment and disposal of healthcare waste poses serious hazards of secondary disease transmission due to exposures to infectious agents among waste pickers, waste workers, health workers, patients, and the community in general where waste is improperly disposed,” Antoinette said.
The UNEP goodwill ambassador shared some tips on how we can reduce waste as we protect ourselves against COVID-19. Among those suggestions is the use of fabric face masks instead of the disposable ones.
Antoinette said, “Please choose reusable fabric masks (if you are not significantly exposed or a medical professional), and no matter which type you choose, please handle them carefully and dispose of them properly.”
She also added that we should separate all used and contaminated medical waste from your regular household trash. Antoinette also reminded everyone to lessen their use of single-use plastics.
Please heed. This is a global concern.