Concerns are increasing about personal protective equipment related to the emerging corona virus, which has become littered in streets and waterways, due to its containment of microplastics that can take hundreds of years to decompose.
To further understand the scale of this challenge, a study from 2020 in the Journal of Environment, Science, and Technology estimated that 129 billion masks and 65 billion gloves were used every month in light of the pandemic.
The environmental pollution caused by this equipment inspired Marian de Groot-Bones to create masks that are 100% biodegradable.
Muzzles turn into flowers
And these masks are not only degradable, but also turn into flowers.
In an interview with CNN in Arabic, Marianne de Groot-Bones said: “If we all have to wear masks anyway, let’s take the opportunity to do something good with them after wearing them.”
“For example, it can be planted and make the world prosper,” the designer added.
The masks designed by de Groot-Bones contain a mixture of flowers that sprout in meadows.
You only have to plant the muzzle, and provide water for it, as the designer emphasized: “Be patient, and during the summer, flowers will appear.”
Environmentally friendly option
According to the official website of the United Nations Environment Program on the Internet, the “Covid-19” virus has brought additional challenges with the increased use of medical products, masks, plastic gloves, tissues, and other single-use products that are disposed of in the open environment, or in Existing drainage systems.
This is contributing to the already alarming amounts of plastic pollution, microplastics, and microfibers in wastewater, according to the website.
The disadvantages of these materials also extend to wildlife, as researchers indicated that animals fed on discarded gloves made of “latex”, and disposable masks, or clashed with them, while other animals began to build their homes with these materials.
This increases the importance of resorting to more environmentally friendly materials in our daily life.
The masks designed by De Groot-Bones are more environmentally friendly compared to the single-use masks that many people resort to during the pandemic to protect themselves from the “Covid-19” virus.
If you were curious about the materials that make up this product, it is made of rice paper filled with flower seeds, and the strings of it that are placed around the ear are made of wool.
The small flowers that are used to adjust the tightness of the strings and make them fit more closely to one’s face, are made of carton boxes intended for eggs.
These masks are characterized by being biodegradable in a “short period of time”, according to the designer.
Under the right conditions, masks completely disappear within a few weeks, and their seeds germinate.
The designer confirmed that her idea had received a lot of positive feedback.
So far, these masks are shipped to all European Union countries, in addition to the United Kingdom.
However, the designer hopes to be able to ship masks to the rest of the world too soon.