As we continue our prolonged stay in this pandemic-stricken world called, “life” we are still heavily advised to use mask both in our workplaces and our recreational activities. Whether we’re talking about going to a bar for a fish fry or just going to your local gas station (Preferably Kwik Trip of course), it’s really not a bad idea to throw a mask on. So, with that said, I want to talk about why you need to switch to a reusable mask instead of always having to buy disposable ones! Before I get started, I’ll add the disclaimer that I’m just a guy on the internet who knows very little (read nothing) about healthcare.
You all likely saw this one coming as I’m your resident tree hugger on the internet. The fact is, while certain items should remain single use such as medical tools and other items that can quickly become a biohazard, the use of a personal face mask that is cleaned and maintained regularly should not be a single use item. Imagine all the billions of disposable face mask that have already entered landfills or even worse, entered into our local communities simply because of how easily they can be swept up by the wind. By switching over to a reusable face mask you can start to cut back on some of the waste that has been created. Of course, this is only relevant if you actually use the mask, if you proceed to buy a reusable/washable face mask and never use it, you’re likely causing a bigger issue in the long term.
This can be case by case because I know personally, I have access to quite literally truck loads worth of disposable mask, but for many that’s simply not the case. This ultimately leads to millions of people having to go out and buy disposable mask with their hard-earned cash just to keep themselves safe regardless of their location. Not only is this detrimental to the populations health since we’re now adding yet another direct cost to remaining healthy, but this is also just a blow to the working-class citizen. While many workplaces require the use of face mask, many aren’t willing to provide them to their employees. While it’s clearly not a clean-cut answer to advise everyone to go out and buy a reusable mask instead, I do think that buying three or four quality mask that can be easily hand washed would pay dividends for many individuals as…