Putting seeds in face masks: that’s the original idea the Indian NGO Paper Seed Co. implemented to fight the pollution generated by the tons of single-use face masks dumped during the pandemic.
Indeed, some studies showed that we are currently using 3 million face masks per minute and discarding several billion every day.
Paper Seed masks are mostly made of cotton and are entirely biodegradable. When thrown into the soil, they will germinate in a few days. Also, according to their creator, they are “as thick as N95 and protect from the infection”.
As good news never come alone, the NGO produces the masks in a small village, generating a revenue stream for locals, mostly women and youth. Pretty neat, eh?