I was reading NSB Junior Blog a little bit ago and the question was asked, and I quote here … (QUOTE): “This weekend my family debated whether or not disposable face masks should be banned. Disposable face masks are made from a variety of different plastics which are being thrown into our oceans and could take up to 450 years to fully break down.” (UNQUOTE)
That is the kind of thing that makes me thing. That is the kind of question that makes me think a lot!
It occurred to me, “We probably should ban disposable masks because I believe that before the pandemic thing is over, there will be so many of them manufactured and discarded that the earth will be hard pressed to handle disposition of them all.”
What I just said has to be viewed in relation to all the other plastic and paper stuff there is out there … stuff that is designed to be purchased, used and disposed of after use … into landfills, into oceans … onto the sides of country roads (You know how people are, I am sure.)
So it is my opinion that we should ban the disposable masks but we should probably also get rid of all those disposable diapers (Both the ones used for children and the ones used for adults), all the tissues people use for their runny noses, plastic eating utensils, disposable dinnerware and plates, — I am not sure I want to go all the way to toilet tissue with this argument but there are literally mountains of it being disposed of every day that passes …..
I am afraid that if we do not do something to control the proliferation of all this disposable stuff that takes forever to decompose (If it ever does really decompose), we may end up with some science fiction version of “Plastic Planet” on which to try to survive.
You gotta read this article on NSB Junior Blog — I think it is both interesting as it can possibly be and a wake-up call for the planet as well. You can see it all right here —– https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/183322134/posts/257