Hongkongers have adopted almost universal mask wearing for months. Photo: SCMP / Winson Wong Hongkongers have adopted almost universal mask wearing for months. Photo: SCMP / Winson Wong
Hongkongers have adopted almost universal mask wearing for months. Photo: SCMP / Winson Wong
Kate Whitehead
Opinion

Opinion

Kate Whitehead

Why we need to properly, and sustainably, dispose of single-use surgical face masks

  • In Hong Kong, we burn through about 6 million masks a day – that’s more than a billion since the beginning of the pandemic
  • Not only does every discarded mask prove a potential threat to whoever has to pick it up, it is also made of plastic

Hongkongers have adopted almost universal mask wearing for months. Photo: SCMP / Winson Wong Hongkongers have adopted almost universal mask wearing for months. Photo: SCMP / Winson Wong
Hongkongers have adopted almost universal mask wearing for months. Photo: SCMP / Winson Wong
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Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead is a journalist and author of two Hong Kong crime books, After Suzie and Hong Kong Murders. She is also a qualified psychotherapist and recently won the MIND Media Award for the second consecutive year.