Amid the pandemic, face masks have become one of the most common types of waste in our garbage bags.
To stop masks littering the environment, a Spanish company, Bioinicia claims to have come up with a sustainable solution, the world's first biodegradable face mask.
Not only is it better at protecting the environment, the company says its masks,made with nanofibers, are better than traditional facemasks in terms of protecting wearers from coronavirus.
"To make a comparison, traditional facemasks would have the porosity of a tennis net with the virus being the size of a pea. On that scale, our grid would be equivalent to a mosquito net."
He added that he doesn't know of any manufacturers in the world that provide compostable face masks offering real protection.
According to a report released last year by advocacy group OceansAsia, nearly one.six-billion masks ended up in the oceans in 2020 alone.
It also says, traditional masks could take up to 450 years to break down.