Partnering with Waterhaul, Fourth Element are working to retask the mask; turning single-use plastics into the tools we use in pursuit of underwater adventure. Face masks and other items of PPE are melted down into blocks, sterilising the material which we then purchase, recycle and transform.
Our cave line markers are the first of what we hope will be many products using this waste material to give it a new life beyond protecting the lives of our frontline healthcare workers. Each marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. Waste is given a new direction.
Is it safe? YES! Our masks are heat treated by the hospital. The plastic is heated to high temperatures multiple times; first to make the blocks within the recycling process, and also whilst injection moulding the parts.