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Conservation NGO says that over 1.5 billion masks have ended up in the Ocean

Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2020. 6:14 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The conservation NGO, OceansAsia, says that more than 1.5 billion masks have ended up in the ocean since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, signaling a global environmental hazard.

OceansAsia recently conducted a study that began after masks started washing up on a remote island south of Hon Kong.

Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, director of research for OceansAsia, said that the findings were concerning because masks in the ocean was not a major issue before the pandemic.

Bondaroff said that the high volume of masks in the ocean poses a major environmental threat because the masks are made with polypropylene (thin fibers of plastic).

 

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