Diploma in Illustration
Ms. Aini Nazihah Abu Bakar
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a visible rise in the usage of face masks, since wearing masks in public areas is mandatory now. But once used, these masks are ending up everywhere — from the roadside to the sea shores even forest area — giving rise to a new environmental issue of ‘mask pollution’ that would go on to effect the animals, air quality, and even us humans.
Environmental groups are warning that discarded single-use face masks when disosed irresponsibly could harm us, as its content 70% plastic. Most of the disposable masks are made from a non-woven fabric based on polypropylene is the second most widely distributed in plastic worldwide. The masks will not break down easily as it takes about 400 years to decompose.
Irresponsibly disposed masks are found in the in the city and the countryside and the sea, damaging the environment. Animals in particular can suffer by mistaking the masks for food like they do with other trash.
This book is an illustrators perspective which contains the research and notes on our findings, to express and highlight this issue though an artistic approach. We believe that this issue if taken lightly may harm the environment in a major way, as such plastic masks take 450 years to decompose in nature. And Disposable masks increases clinical waste and pollution especially in the ocean, therefore bringing harmful effects on the marine life and animals. The book also contains a series of illustrations from four different illustrator approaching different topics, alongside the notes to invoke the weight and emotions. The four topics are, the effects on animals, effect on the climet, mask pollution and time it takes to decompose. Through out our research we believe that using reusable mask will help the environment in the long run. Respective of the onces being effected, by the current situation adding up to the COVID-19 crisis, please do still wear the appropriate mask and may everyone stay safe.
Tuan Na¬z – https://www.behance.net/koreanjesus1
Puan Qiao Wern – https://www.behance.net/wernchloe
Lai Ming Qin – https://www.behance.net/laimingqin
Tee Kai Hang – https://www.instagram.com/kaiz_artzz/
Tuan Na¬z – tuan.na¬firstname.lastname@example.org
Puan Qiao Wern – email@example.com
Lai Ming Qin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tee Kai Hang – email@example.com