Hemp masks are a way to reduce plastic waste from single-use personal protective gear during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported.
“It’s heresy not to ban polyethylene products, materials that are shipped to all corners of the world. Use local agricultural materials,” said Geochanvre’s Frédéric Roure. “This is a natural product and will go back into the soil.”
Hemp fiber bales get compressed and rolled before emerging as flat sheets that are ready to be cut into a standard face mask shape and ready for worldwide distribution.
A majority of disposable, single-use personal protective gear comes from plastics. These masks end up in oceans, lakes and landfills, and could take up to 450 years to decompose.
A study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology said approximately 129 billion face masks and 65 billion latex gloves are being used every month.