Daily waste of surgical masks worldwide - 6 billion
In the current pandemic, mask use is mandatory to reduce the spread of infection in the community, serving as a barrier to the droplets and aerosols expelled, which are one of the main ways of spreading the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (which causes covid-19 disease).
Surgical masks protect against the spread and/or inhalation of droplets and have a blocking capacity of 95% or more, a protection equivalent to specialized social masks certified by Citeve whose filtration level is higher than 95%. Today it is crucial not only to keep everyone safe, but also to consider what impact the intensive use of disposable materials and their subsequent waste has on the environment.
Surgical masks are made of plastic fibers and can take up to 400 years to degrade in the environment, which makes them a major polluting factor, unlike fabric masks. Currently, the daily waste of surgical masks worldwide exceeds 6 billion.
Social masks should be used as a complement to the recommended protective and hygienic measures fundamental to COVID-19 control and as an alternative to the future consequences on our natural environments.
Therefore happo has created the happo planet movement which promotes the exchange of surgical masks for reusable masks, without compromising public safety.