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“Ticking Time Bomb: “Environmental & Health Risks Associated With Improper Mask Disposal”

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Published on: April 11, 2021

After all the accurate information disseminated by various experts, nurses, doctors, investigative journalists, researchers, and authors at The Sons of Liberty Media about the CONvid and the experimental mRNA human-genome altering injection, the Branch Covidians are still ignoring the information, wearing masks, social distancing, living in fear, and lining up for these experimental injections. Many of the BC crowd also buy into the “green movement” and rabid environmentalism. So, why are none of these “green, environmentalist Branch Covidians” remaining silent about the hazardous “mask trash” now polluting the marine environment. Others in the BC crowd are “health conscious”, yet ignore the devastating health effects of long-term mask wearing. [The impact to health will be presented in Part II]

But, facts are stubborn things; facts keep resurfacing to warn those who refuse to see. Best-selling New York Times author Dr. Joseph Mercola wrote in an NOQ Report column that masks are “ticking time-bombs”.

The summary of Dr. Mercola’s column claims:

  • It’s estimated that 129 billion face masks are used worldwide each month, which works out to about 3 million masks a minute.
  • Not only are masks not being recycled, but their materials make them likely to persist and accumulate in the environment.
  • Because masks may be directly made from microsized plastic fibers with a thickness of 1 mm to 10 mm, they may release microsized particles into the environment more readily — and faster — than larger plastic items, like plastic bags.
  • Microbes from your mouth, known as oral commensals, frequently enter your lungs, where they’ve been linked to advanced stage lung cancer; wearing a mask could potentially accelerate this process.
  • The “new normal” of widespread masking is affecting not only the environment but also the mental and physical health of humans.

Numerous research studies indicated masks do not “significantly reduce the incidence of infection”; but, most public health groups, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and government “medical experts” recommended mass masking and in some cases, wearing more than one. Dr. Mercola describes this mass mask usage as the new “plastic water bottle crisis”. What is this doing to our environment? [Disclaimer – being good stewards of the environment by not polluting the environment with trash does not mean support for a “green” agenda.]

Many Sons of Liberty Media and Radio followers have questioned the lack of biohazard containers outside of stores, in the community, and other venues where masks are “mandated” or required, unlawfully and unconstitutionally, by merchants and government entities. If this illness is as lethal and contagious as has been reported by the media and government “experts”, masks should not be littering the streets or the environment. The masks should be disposed as biohazard waste in red bags containing the symbol for biohazard waste. However, it has not been happening.

Dr. Mercola wrote that 25% of plastic bottles are recycled; however, researchers indicated there was no “official guidance” on mask disposal, meaning masks are treated as “solid waste”. Researchers cited “improper disposal of masks” as a potential environmental threat. Many of us have witnessed used masks littering the streets, parking lots, store floors, and around garbage disposal units. Because of the components comprising the masks, these materials cause them to persist in the environment and accumulate.

Dr. Mercola explained the problem.

Most disposable face masks contain three layers — a polyester outer layer, a polypropylene or polystyrene middle layer and an inner layer made of absorbent material such as cotton.

Polypropylene is already one of the most problematic plastics, as it’s widely produced and responsible for large waste accumulation in the environment, as well as being a known asthma trigger. Further, the researchers noted:

Once in the environment, the mask is subjected to solar radiation and heat, but the degradation of polypropylene [thermoplastic “addition polymer” made from the combination of propylene monomers] is retarded due to its high hydrophobicity [physical property of a compound that allows it to be repelled by a mass of water], high molecular weight, lacking an active functional group, and continuous chain of repetitive methylene units [CH2< or-CH2-, a part of a molecule connected to the rest of the molecule by two single bonds] . These recalcitrant properties lead to the persistence and accumulation in the environment.”

[Propylene or methyl ethylene is an unsaturated organic compound – chemical composition C3H6.]

They also stated that when the masks become weathered in the environment, they can generate a large number of microsized polypropylene particles in a matter of weeks, then break down further into nanoplastics that are less than 1 mm in size.

Because masks may be directly made from microsized plastic fibers with a thickness of 1 mm to 10 mm, they may release microsized particles into the environment more readily — and faster — than larger plastic items, like plastic bags.

Further, “Such impacts can be worsened by a new-generation mask, nanomasks, which directly use nanosized plastic fibers (e.g., diameter <1 mm) and add a new source of nanoplastic pollution.” A report by OceansAsia further estimated that 1.56 billion face masks may have entered the world’s oceans in 2020, based on a global production estimate of 52 billion masks manufactured that year, and a loss rate of 3%, which is conservative.

Based on this data, and an average weight of 3 to 4 grams for a single-use polypropylene surgical mask, the masks would add 4,680 to 6,240 additional metric tons of plastic pollution to the marine environment, which, they note, “will take as long as 450 years to break down, slowly turning into microplastics while negatively impacting marine wildlife and ecosystems.”

Plastic particles can travel a long way. Weathered plastic particles have been found atop the Pyrenees Mountains in Southern France and the northern- and southernmost areas of the Greenland and Berents Seas. And, we’ve all heard about the “plastic” accumulation area in the Pacific Ocean. Now, plastic pollution has reached the Southern Ocean around Antarctica.

According to the study, “When not properly collected and managed, masks can be transported from land into freshwater and marine environments by surface run-off, river flows, oceanic currents, wind, and animals (via entanglement or ingestion). The occurrence of waste masks has been increasingly reported in different environments and social media have shared of wildlife tangled in elastic straps of masks.” [Emphasis Mine.]

Here’s the danger.

Such plastics also contain contaminants, such as polycyclic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which may be genotoxic (i.e., causing DNA damage that could lead to cancer), along with dyes, plasticizers and other additives linked to additional toxic effects, including reproductive toxicity, carcinogenicity and mutagenicity.

Aside from the chemical toxicity, ingestion of microplastics from degraded masks and other plastic waste is also toxic due to the particles themselves as well as the potential that they could carry pathogenic microorganisms.

Why has everyone in the media, government, public health agencies, the CDC, the WHO, Fauci, and “green environmentalists” ignored this issue and problem? Why have those agencies responsible for regulating biohazard waste been silent?

For those who do not know, OSHA and local regulations guide the disposal of biohazard waste. Some biohazard waste can be “autoclaved” or sterilized for reuse. Other biohazard waste is required to be incinerated, such as pathological and chemotherapy waste. In order for biohazardous waste to be disposed in a landfill, the waste is required to be treated with chemical compounds to render it noninfectious.

Yet, mask litter has been found everywhere. Why has OSHA been silent? Why have local hospitals and public health agencies been raising the alarm over the use of these “surgical type masks” seen littering the environment? Isn’t mask litter posing a public health risk greater than COVID-19? Of course it is because COVID-19 has not been isolated or proven to exist. But, what we know about these masks – their components, toxicity, and pathogenic microorganisms they could contain – proves there is a risk to the environment, wildlife, domestic animals, and humans. Yet, we hear crickets.

While the government, media and useful idiot stooges harp on about “wearing a mask”, few know that several military bases exposed service members and their families to hazardous waste that permeated the water supply to those individuals and kept it a secret for decades. They are listed as “superfund sites”. This writer and her family were exposed to these “wastes” at Robbins Air Base in Warner Robbins, Georgia, and Andersen Air Base in Yigo, Guam. Unfortunately, personnel and families were not told of these hazards when being stationed there in the early 80s. And, the government is certainly not telling people of the hazards of “surgical type masks” now. Why? It’s a valid question.

In Part II, the health hazards identified with mask wearing will be covered. In the meantime, consider the information presented and look around you. What you don’t see is as important as what you do see. Stop and think before you don that face diaper harming the environment and you as well. Being good stewards of the environment and all within it as the Lord commanded means thinking about immediate and long term effects of the recklessness with which we treat disposal of waste. What you improperly dispose of today will show up in the soil, the water and items you consume for food, poisoning you in the process.

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