Fighting Ocean Plastic with Face Masks

Reusable face masks are increasingly becoming a fashion accessory.

While face masks are increasingly becoming a fashionable product, two organizations have developed face masks made of ocean plastic. In this way we not only protect the health of our fellow human beings and our environment, but also the ocean - and look stylish at the same time.

The probably best known and most worn face mask is the bluish disposable mask. But if you go out shopping these days or enjoy the nice weather, you will see more and more people who have colourful masks that they use again and again. This is very important for our environment. But there is even better - PADI and Rash'R have developed a mask that not only protects public health and our environment, but also helps to rid the oceans of plastic: they produce face masks from recycled ocean plastic.

The face masks are offered through PADI Gear with the aim of serving human health and the oceans and doing something good. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, or well known as PADI, is an American company that offers diving training worldwide.

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

-Jacques Cousteau

With this quote from Jacques Cousteau you are welcomed on the PADI website. Of course, as a diving enthusiast you are inevitably an underwater and marine lover, the connection to the plastic problem is more than understandable.

PADI makes no profit from the sale, the price is the actual cost to the company. "We are not profiting from this product," Lisa Nicklin (vice president of consumer marketing at PADI Worldwide) told CNN. "We're very much a heart-and-soul organization. We care about the ocean and our diver community, so we wanted to be able to put our hands on our hearts and say that we're not profiting off this difficult time."

Another advantage: The mask is reused and consists of post-consumer plastic from the sea. It is also described as breathable and washable, with a filter bag in the activated carbon filter, which should be changed every 8 hours.

In many countries of the world, it is now recommended that face masks or covers be worn in public. This also includes masks that you sew yourself or reuse. In principle, you can fly with one flap: your own protection from corona, protection of others, no disposable product, the sea becomes a bit cleaner, you give this valuable resource a second life.

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