Unfortunately, we’ve all seen them on the ground somewhere. While masks are still supposed to be worn on our faces, we sure don’t seem to care where they end up once we’re done with them. With the pandemic of a lifetime coming to an end, let’s not find ourselves with another problem at hand.
At the end of 2020, it was estimated that 1.56 billion face masks would have entered our oceans. Ocean pollution is already at an all-time high, and there has been an enormous increase in plastic waste caused by single-use masks. And even though on land, we experienced a baby boom, thanks to quarantining… No, that was not the case for jellyfish. Those are not jellyfish at all you see in the water. Nope, just face masks.
Single-use masks and latex gloves that have been used across the world are now being found on coastlines worldwide. They’re above and below the waves as well as in parks, on public transportation, and in our streets. Remember, all drains lead to the ocean, which is one way that masks enter our natural environments.
The threat they pose to marine life is significant:
-Floating plastic can serve as a vector for spreading invasive species.
-Poisons and smothers coral, a vast ecosystem.
-Animals mistake plastic for food; either suffocating or filling their stomachs, reducing food intake, causing the animals to starve.
-Marine plastic adsorbs toxins and organic pollutants, which means particles of pollutants adhere to the plastic’s surface as a toxic film. As a result, marine animals that ingest plastic can also be poisoned.
-Ingested plastic can impair the reproduction, growth, and development of the young.
-This plastic can impair marine animals’ mobility, potentially leading to limb amputation.
-Ocean trash can be broken into smaller pieces, known as microplastic. By sun exposure and wave action.
Microplastic then finds its way into the food chain… OUR FOOD CHAIN. Plastic poses a double danger. These single-use face masks contribute to a big problem on approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface, but every time we decide not properly to dispose of our masks, we are planting a 400+-year-old time bomb. The oldest living marine animal, the bowhead whale, can live up to 200+ years, and at the rate, we’re going, they’ll be extinct before these face masks.
With Earth Day quickly approaching, we at Boomer Naturals want to encourage you to keep using your reusable face cover on behalf of Mother Earth. Sustainability is sexy, people. Want to know the way to someone’s heart? Show them you care by taking care of the planet.
And when shawty takes notice of you taking care of our planet and asks, “Hey, what’s ya sign?” You’ll just have to flash them your smile under your Boomer astrology sign face cover, so they know which constellation aligns with you. Thanks, Nelly, for that oldie but goodie pick-up line.
No matter your sign, we all look to the same stars, walk on the same land, and breathe the same air, just now filtered through a face mask.
Not only are reusable face masks a wiser option for economic purposes, but with Boomer’s Silver-Infused Reusable Face Cover, you don’t have to worry about running out of face masks. Each mask may be worn and washed up to 30 times for optimal Boomer Silver-Infused protection. Plenty of time for you to pick what your next style will be.
Having a drink in your hand is trendy. Yup, staying hydrated not only keeps you looking beautiful, but you look good doing it. Thankfully, something you see many people carry on them now is a refillable water bottle. While we love to see it, 60 million water bottles are still being thrown away, EACH day, in the U.S. alone. Americans are throwing away 35 billion empty water bottles a year. So could we do better? Yes.
Don’t just carry your water bottle around like an accessory; use it! There are perks to having a reusable bottle; we promise, especially if you’re a fan of hydration. Drinks can come in all forms and are easy enough to take with you in your pocket right now. Instead of feeling like you have to make continuous stops throughout your day for a drink in a plastic bottle, save the gas while you’re at it and bring your beverages with you. Boomer Naturals can help you with your on-the-go needs.
NOXCG3™ and Vitamin Energy drink powders are now available at Boomerstore.com. April 22nd may be Earth Day, but we suggest doing a little something to celebrate your planet every day.
Get outside more, bring your reusable water bottle (and Boomer drink powder of choice), and try this thing called “grounding.” Grounding, also called earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. This practice relies on earthing science and grounding physics to explain how electrical charges from the earth can have positive effects on your body.
Like Leonardo DiCaprio said, “We only get one planet.”