Amidst this pandemic where face masks are essential, environment-friendly masks are much required to combat the virus as well as protect the environment.
For that, a group of scuba divers is making face masks that are recycled from old plastic water bottles, thrown in the oceans, as reported by CNN.
These face masks are produced by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) along with the partnership with the company naming Rash’R, famous for making eco-friendly active wears.
PADI on its website says that the cost of every reusable mask will be dollar 20.40, and these masks will come with five replacement filters. These masks are not cheap as reported by CNN.
Lisa Nicklin, vice president of consumer marketing at PADI Worldwide told CNN that they are not making any profit from this product because they care about their diver community and the ocean so they wanted to ensure that they are not profiting in such difficult times.
These masks are available in five varied designs which are based on sea animals like manta rays, whale sharks, and great white sharks. These masks are currently available for pre-order. There is even one made to fit children ages 4-10.
PADI and Rash’R have had to fastly move up their production to meet the demand, where 15,000 masks have already been pre-ordered as reported by CNN.
Nicklin said that they did not expect this much demand for their product. She further said that maybe consumers just felt that it was a great thing to do for the ocean while also buying something that they need, as reported by CNN.
According to Nicklin as reported by CNN, if seen the current number of orders, these masks have helped remove and reuse 1,267 pounds of ocean waste.
Studies have shown that this novel coronavirus spread by talking and breathing in front of the infected person, so buying masks is much in demand. With masks, social distancing is also essential.
Nicklin further says that face masks like PADI are selling, upon buying this reusable mask, people are protecting themselves while storing the N95 respirator masks and surgical masks for the health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic, as reported by CNN.