Face mask firm in Tottington to help fight homelessness
Bolton News - Robert Kelly
BOSSES at a firm are doing their bit to help the homeless this winter by donating £1 from the sale of their two-pack Silver Life face masks to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity.
SP Science in Tottington is also donating masks to homeless charities to help reduce the spread of Covid across the region’s rough sleeper community.
Dr Alan Green, environmentalist and founder of SP Science Limited said: “We are delighted to be on board with the Mayor’s Charity. The winter season can be a difficult time for rough sleepers, and dealing with Covid has made it even more challenging.
“As Covid rates are on the increase across the North West this winter, it has never been more important to wear a face mask, which guarantees full protection against the Covid-19 virus. We hope our support can have some impact towards this sadly much needed charitable endeavor.”
SP Science developed their face covering at the start of the pandemic in conjunction with their manufacturer. The Silver Life Face Covering is reusable, uses 3D knitted technology, and meets the World Health Organization’s recommendations for use against the current microbial pandemic.
Dr Green added: “Face masks have become virtually compulsory both here in the UK and elsewhere throughout the world.
“Unfortunately, this has led to the estimate the UK throws out 53 million face masks per day, and everyone has witnessed people throwing face masks onto the ground - our supermarket forecourts and entrances are littered with them.
“Face masks are now found in our high streets, rivers, meadows, oceans. Single-use or disposable face masks are made using a variety of plastics, including polypropylene, polyethylene and vinyl, which means they can take up to 450 years to break down. Even then, the plastic stays around as tiny microplastics, causing fundamental problems to our world-wide ecosystems.”