How to Disinfect & Reuse a Surgical Mask, N95 or FFP Respirators [Visuals]

In some countries it’s now obligatory to use face masks as soon as you’re out of your home, in some it is only mandatory to wear them indoors or where you can’t keep social distance. We prefer the washable cloth masks (we even made our own) to prevent more pollution and extend the life of fabrics we had like old pajamas and shirts, but due to the lack of a significant decrease of infections, it is now obligatory to wear only surgical or FFP masks (which are single use) in some places.

With protective gear still in high demand, buying disposable face masks can be difficult, expensive, and can exacerbate shortages for medical personnel. For that reason, we want to share some visuals from organizations and education institutes who indicate how to disinfect and extend the life of these masks safely.

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What to do with my used face mask?

Walking around in our city, we’re already used to see some garbage on the ground, e.g. cigarette butts, lost packages of paper tissues and discarded bags from some fast food meals. But recently, there’s a new addition: single-use face masks.

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How the Oil industry is pushing Plastic [Infographic]

The fracking boom is flooding the world with Ziploc bags, ketchup packets, and single-use spoons.

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Green Documentaries: Bag it

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes, disposable bags that they throw away without much thought. But where is “away?” Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to the environment, marine life and human health?

Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Jeb’s journey in this documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? What he learns quickly grows far beyond plastic bags.

What he discovers is shocking:

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Sustainable Packaging [Infographic]

Apple and Coca-Cola are among the multinational brands who have actively taken steps towards packaging sustainability, a concept which should be at the forefront of all businesses. Among the most sustainable packaging materials is polyethylene (PE) foam, a fully reusable and recyclable product which is inexpensive and readily available, as well as being very easy to customise to a specific shape. The use of such materials is the way forward for companies wishing to enhance their brand image through active engagement in sustainable packaging practices.

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