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A turtle swims in the ocean while medical masks float in the water.

Consider that most of the plastic produced since its discovery in 1852 is still present somewhere on the planet! Plastic takes a long time to break down and more and more plastic is made every day. As one of the least biodegradable materials in the world, plastic can stick around for a long time. Typically, after its initial use, plastic gets thrown out only to pollute beaches, endanger marine life, and affect human health as well. Many medical-grade masks are made using polypropylene (which is a plastic), leaving the huge number of medical masks used since the beginning of Covid-19 to add to the pollution. This is why washable, re-usable masks are a good option for many people.