PADI Recycled Face Masks to Save Oceans


With a face covering becoming mandatory to wear on UK public transport from 15 June, PADI, along with their rash guard partner, Rash’R, are offering face coverings and face masks manufactured from plastic bottles recycled from the ocean.

These coverings contribute to the removal of plastic pollution from the ocean while helping to meet consumer demand for face masks during the pandemic. Available through the PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) Gear collection of earth-friendly apparel and accessories, the collection includes balaclava-style face guards and dual layered cloth face masks.

The versatile face guards are breathable and easy and comfortable to wear. They feature two layers of UPF + 50 polyester to cover your nose and mouth and similar to a balaclava, can be worn in a variety of ways and easily pulled up over the face when needed. The cloth face masks feature stretchy elastic ear bands to fit faces tightly.

Both coverings, made from quick drying, moisture wicking recycled polyester are reusable, washable at high temperature and feature a filter pocket for PM 2.5 carbon filters.

The multi-use face guards are packaged with two carbon-activated replacement filters and the face masks come with five. Each last for around eight hours and additional filters can be purchased at

Using an alternative to medical grade masks means increasing the chances the NHS, care and other essential workers will have access to the important safety equipment they need to carry out their work.

To date, based on the number of face masks purchased, PADI and its partners have removed and reused more than 812 kg’s of ocean plastic.

PADI Gear face guards are available in a range of seven attractive designs and PADI Gear face masks are available in adult and child sizes, featuring a variety of different patterns depicting marine life. The face coverings can be purchased through and retail from just £17.20.

To date, PADI Gear products made from recycled ocean plastics have collectively resulted in the removal and reuse of more than 54,779 pounds of ocean plastic.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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