Covid-19 face masks: A potential source of microplastic fibers in the environment
his new emergence of face masks as environmental litter both in the terrestrial and aquatic environment is a piece of evidence that the global pandemic has not in any way reduced the challenge of increasing plastic pollution in the environment.
Single-use polymeric materials
plastic packaging materials, drinking bottles, and fast food containers
disposal in landfill, dumpsites, freshwater, oceans or littering at public spaces
a characteristic peaks of a polypropylene for the outer layer
polyethylene high density for the inner layer
The spectra provide a piece of evidence that face masks could increase the accumulation of their related microparticles in the environment within a short time.
propagate microbes such as invasive pathogens
global food safety
the global food chain
climate change due to carbon emission a
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