reduce single-use covid face masks

Global campaign to reduce covid waste

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Less Plastic UK has teamed up with the network partners at the International Waste Platform to launch another global multi-lingual campaign – this time to encourage the general public to use #reusable face masks to help reduce the single-use face mask waste caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The campaign is so far available in these languages: Burmese, Dutch, English, Ewe (Ghana), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Khmer, Malay, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tamil and Ukrainian.

If everyone wore a disposable mask every day for a year, we’d have 3 TRILLION masks to dispose of. Disposable masks take centuries to breakdown, and in the meantime when they inevitably escape into the environment, they can be lethal for any birds, mammals, turtles, and fish that get tangled in them.

Disposable masks are necessary for frontline medical staff, and vulnerable people – but the majority of people can keep themselves and their communities safe by wearing reusable #facemasks – and therefore minimise the long-term environmental impact caused by #Covid19.

This new poster has been designed to share freely on social media, or print out to display in shop windows, schools, offices, and in your community – anywhere in the world.

Please note: Always follow face mask guidance on the webpage of the World Health Organisation and follow local face mask policies.

If you’d like to translate the poster into your language and add your logo FREE OF CHARGE, please get in touch with to make arrangements.

Scroll down to see the posters created by the network partners, in alphabetical order by country…



reusable face mask in Dutch



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