Pete Davies of Marlborough Photo Services has been dismayed by the number of disposable masks littering the town. He has created a Covid Calendar depicting various masks dropped carelessly around the town to raise awareness of the problem. All proceeds from the sale of the calendars will go to Action for the River Kennet (ARK).
Pete told marlborough.news, “The calendars started as a bit of a joke as I knew that if I were to simply rant on social media everyone would roll their eyes and move on without taking much time to consider what we are doing to our beautiful town and surrounding area. We need to teach everyone that most single-use masks are made from plastics like polypropylene, polyethylene and vinyl – material that takes 450 years to degrade. During this time, face masks break down into microplastics that are ingested by marine life.
I thought if I were to inject a little humour/sarcasm/irony then perhaps the message would be harder hitting, which led me to think if people do take it seriously then maybe someone would want to purchase one, and as Action for the River Kennet do such an amazing job in our area I would donate any money raised to them.
So far it has the highest level of engagement on any of our social media posts in the last year, so maybe people are going to sit up and take note (and stop dropping their masks!)
If anyone would like to purchase one they can choose from either a desktop or wall hanging style, and as promised all monies raised will be donated to ARK. Click here.”
Anna Forbes, Project Officer and Volunteer Co-ordinator for ARK confirmed that disposable masks littering the area have been a constant problem in the last year.
She said, “Our volunteers have litter picked through the pandemic and sadly have reported masks in and by the river. Masks and face coverings are another form of pollution and it is frustrating that they are not being appropriately disposed of. It is brilliant that Pete from local business Marlborough Photo Services is highlighting the problem in a humorous way and is supporting ARK too.”