A year and a few months have already passed since the Covid-19 pandemic started, and sadly, it seems like it’s not going away anytime soon. That means people should continue to find ways to adapt to the new normal while still ensuring that we practice necessary measures to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.
Apart from washing hands and maintaining social distance at all times, wearing a face mask is one of the best things you can do for protection against the dreaded virus, as face masks can help reduce transmission. You probably already know this, and you may have already bought and gone through boxes of disposable masks over the last year. Can you imagine the waste that disposable masks make? If every household buys disposable masks, the landfills will be littered with mountains of them before this pandemic is over.
In this post, Solace wants to share a great option to the usual disposable masks, bamboo silk masks which are sustainable and eco-friendly.
Why You Should Stop Using Disposables
First and foremost, disposable masks are not an environmentally friendly option. Made from polypropylene, better known as plastic, they are among the worst enemies of the environment.
Disposable masks are not recyclable, and they do not decompose, meaning, once used and thrown away (yes, even if you dispose of them correctly), they will still end up in the landfills and will not decompose. Then, when they are burned, the plastic masks will release toxins that could harm your health. They may also find their way into the oceans and harm living creatures there.
These are reasons enough to stop using disposable face masks because there are safer and more eco-friendly options like bamboo masks.
Why You Should Opt for Bamboo Face Masks
The World Health Organization recommends the use of a fabric mask with at least two to three layers. Those made from a woven fabric used for bed sheets are ideal thanks to the tighter weave, which translates to better protection. The bamboo fabric fits the bill perfectly. It is one of the highest thread counts of all bed sheet fabrics.
As a face mask, bamboo fibre is an excellent choice, thanks to its antibacterial property, which can help prevent bacterial growth. Because they are soft and silky, they won’t irritate the skin as disposable face masks do.
Compared to other fabrics like cotton, Bamboo is a cooler fabric to wear, making it a better choice for the summer. It is also breathable, one of the most important factors you should consider when choosing a face mask.
And finally, one of the best reasons to switch to Bamboo fibre face masks is that they’re reusable. They can be machine-washed or washed by hand, and you can use them for years on end. When your bamboo mask has reached the end of its life, it can be safely disposed of and will decompose, making it safer for the environment.
Considering that nobody can tell when the pandemic will end at this point, the best thing you can do is to ensure your loved ones’ safety by wearing masks and following other protocols. But it’s not only your health you should think about but that of the planet, too. If there are environment-friendly options like Bamboo silk masks, why would you choose to use disposables? Keeping the Earth healthy is our responsibility, too, so do your part in reducing the number of disposable face masks in our landfills.
Solace offers custom face coverings using bamboo fabrics that are sewn and created in Canada. Not only are our products eco-friendly but they are convenient and comfortable to use, not to mention stylish, too!