A disposable face mask is shown attached to a woman’s arm in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 18 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

A disposable face mask is shown attached to a woman’s arm in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 18 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

LETTER: Disposable masks are a risk to birds

‘Before you throw your mask out, take 10 seconds to separate the elastic from the mask’

We have, at a conservative estimate, another season of mask wearing ahead of us.

Most of us would love to wear reusable masks all the time to spare the environment, but we know that there are times when we simply can’t avoid disposable ones, and we can’t do anything about that.

Unfortunately, birds and other little critters can become fatally entangled in the elastic loops.

But we can do something about that, as I’m sure a lot of people already do.

Before you throw your mask out, take 10 seconds to separate the elastic from the mask.

Just grab the mask with one hand and the elastic with the other and pull hard.

The elastic will come right out.

It’s not a big thing, but…well, it’s a thing.

Judy Hill

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