Updated: Oct 3
Saving Mother Earth ‘One Mask at a Time’
As the world confronts the reality of the COVID-19 “Second Wave” and lack of an available vaccine, the ‘new normal’ includes the responsible use of protective face masks. Unfortunately, with an estimated 120 billion face masks (primarily single use) each month around the world, this response to the pandemic is creating a new environmental crisis. Did you know that nonbiodegradable face masks require 450-500 years to decompose?
Fortunately, this impending crisis has a cost-effective solution that requires little change in personal behavior. Professor Robert D. Manning, PhD, acclaimed author of CREDIT CARD NATION and an environmental sustainability advocate, is collaborating with ZENplanet’s pathbreaking project as its lead adviser. The company website is ZENplanet.org
The ZENplanet Reusable, Biodegradable ABACA face masks © are made from dense, water resistant plant fibers from the Philippines Rainforest. ABACA has been referred to as “Manila Hemp” and was used to make rope and riggings for ships in the 19th and 20th Century. See the ZENplanet “Tour of the Rainforest” that shows the process from harvesting ABACA in the Philippines Rainforest to hand production of ZENplanet’s uniquely designed face masks at www.ZENplanet.org/journey. The 2-ply and 3-ply designs offers 7 times higher filtration rate than cloth masks in reducing the spread and/or inhaling the COVID-19 virus. These unique properties are confirmed by official testing results of the Philippines Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
According to Professor Manning, “the unique design of ZENplanet Reusable, BIODEGRADABLE, ABACA face masks © constitutes a remarkable gift from the Philippines Rainforest. They are very light, comfortable with snug fit (greater protection against virus), and easy to clean (wash 2-3 minutes with soap or wipe with disinfectant).” See YouTube 3-Step Care video. If carefully maintained, 2-ply masks can be worn at least 90 times and 3-ply masks at least 130 times before disposal. Hence, ZENplanet ABACA face masks are much less expensive than disposable masks. Also, they are made in different Sizes (small, medium, large), Colors, and Customized Logos; the latter include school, corporate, special event, holiday, and “tribute” graphics.
The environmental benefits of ZENplanet ABACA reusable, biodegradable face masks © are impressive. If adopted internationally, the replacement of disposable face masks can potentially reduce millions of tons of carbon emissions during the production process, eliminate millions of tons of nonbiodegradable waste in landfills that generates dangerous methane gas (key factor of Climate Change), and reduce disposable mask pollutants in our oceanic and aquatic ecosystems.
With the current confluence of crises facing the planet, ZENplanet ABACA face masks © offer a biodegradable alternative and simple solution for reducing the new pandemic pollution of tens of billions of disposable masks per month. ZENplanet ABACA face masks © contribute to environmental sustainability by harvesting plant fibers for mask production without disrupting the delicate Philippines’ Rainforest ecosystem. By increasing demand for renewable ABACA fiber, moreover, ZENplanet expands local work opportunities for indigenous groups and reduces the financial pressure to join labor migration networks to regional cities.
ZENplanet ABACA face masks © are handmade in local villages under WORLD FAIR TRADE ORGANIZATION labor standards. ZENplanet supports its educational mission by providing original, online educational programs about ecological sustainability and biodiversity on its website, www.ZENplanet.org. Furthermore, ZENplanet donates a portion of its revenues to support indigenous artists and artisans in the Philippines.
Overall, Dr. Manning explains that, “ZENplanet ABACA face masks © offer a “Win-Win-Win solution in pursuing our common goal of saving the planet one biodegradable mask at a time.”