Since the outbreak of Covid19, the world has been combatting the virus with the most widespread use of PPE the world has ever seen and this has proved effective. However, there is environmental damage caused by the PPE that has been incorrectly disposed of or has escaped into the environment due to insufficient waste management capabilities.

To limit waste or personal expense, many people are now using 'reusable' masks or even reusing single-use (disposable) masks, but these practices are known to be unhygienic and are probably aiding the spread of the virus. Therefore, until the threat of the virus is nullified, disposable 3-ply masks are the only item of facial PPE proven to significantly reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus and help end this global crisis. 

To address the environmental impact of disposable masks, British based Mask Bros has developed and launched the world's first fully recyclable face mask and accompanying national mask recycling service. Unlike conventional masks, the EcoBreathe mask is made entirely from one type of material and therefore does not require costly disassembly in the recycling process. EcoBreathe can simply be disposed of through consumers' curbside recycling programs. For consumers whose local authority doesn't offer plastic film recycling, Mask Bros include a prepaid return shipping label with every order free of charge. Consumers simply collect their masks in the resealable plastic bag, place them back in their box, and post them to Mask Bros after a 72-hour quarantine period. Mask Bros then collects and processes them at their warehouse, before shipping them in bulk to one of their recycling partners.

Mask Bros was established in May 2020 by two University of St Andrew’s graduates to provide low cost PPE after founding a charity to help tens of thousands of vulnerable people receive vital food supplies during lockdown. After supplying the British people with over 5.2m masks in the past 3 months and raising awareness of price gouging, Freddie and Cogan have worked hard to develop this game changing mask and return service, to encourage the continued use of safe and proven PPE while reducing the impact on the environment.