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Masks as a resource



As many as 129 billion masks are used every month around the world. Made of polypropylene resin, rubber, and metal, masks are not only disposed of, but also do not return to the soil when littered. This has a huge impact on wildlife and the environment.


Photo by RESET

The recycling of masks has already begun. They are melted, turned into plastic sheets and eventually transformed into benches and tables.


Photo by RMIT

An Australian university is working on the research to mix used masks with concrete to make building materials for roads. This study estimates that 3 million masks are needed to build a 1 km road.


Photo by Robin Ooode

Designed with the priority of protecting us, masks are difficult to destroy and return to nature. There is sure to be much more research and innovation around recycling in the future.