HONOLULU (KHON2) – Disposable masks are stronger than most think – the cords on these masks are so strong that they saw through a ballpoint pen with little friction.
Environmentalists said that properly disposing of the mask is very important when it comes to such strong material.
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“It was this kind of rubble that was really the result of the pandemic that we hadn’t seen before on our beaches or roads and lanes or in the environment.”
Lauren Blickley, Hawaii Regional Manager at the Surfrider Foundation
According to the Surfrider Foundation, these PPE are commonly found on streets, beaches, and sidewalks. They’re usually of the disposable, single-use type.
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“So it might just be that they aren’t that expensive, they are only used once and people are more likely to see them as a disposable item than if you keep using a mask hold that mask, this is your mask,” said Blickley.
“The masks are too, you know, they’re ugly stuff – they’re plastic and stuff. So they definitely have a negative effect as soon as they are in the environment. “
Lauren Blickley, Hawaii Regional Manager at the Surfrider Foundation City and County of Honolulu encourages plogging
The Surfrider Foundation believes masks with Hawaii’s mandates and their effectiveness in slowing the spread of COVID-19 will be around for a while.
Reusable masks are always available, but Blickley said the end result is human behavior.
“It’s really important, especially in Hawaii with our masking duties, to protect ourselves and human health. We have seen that masks are one of the best ways to prevent the coronavirus from spreading widespread, ”Blickley said. Aside from that, there are also important things you can do as a mask wearer and make sure you hold onto your mask and dispose of it properly and make sure it goes into the bin and not the bin to protect the environment or when possible to use a reusable mask are some really important options to consider so that this new type of pollution does not continue to affect our coasts, environment and beaches. “