Better Off Alone is a gender-neutral, sustainable fashion company specializing in biodegradable face masks and other protective gear that does not harm the environment. Cofounder and Asian American Bonnie Poon – who is one of three women of diverse backgrounds leading the charge at BOA – was ready and willing to talk to us about the specifics behind the environmental impact of single-use PPE.
“Most single-use masks (surgical, N95, etc.) are made from polypropylene or polyethylene, which is in essence the same as plastic, so it takes hundreds of years to degrade. When it breaks down, it becomes microplastics that can be ingested by animals, particularly marine life. Many cloth masks contain nylon or spandex, which is better, but has similar aftereffects on the environment,” Poon said.
Instead, BOA bases its designs – which also include jumpsuits and cover-ups, and eventually pajamas – on breathable fabric. The masks in particular … Read the rest