Thai Buddhist Monks Use Recycled Plastic For COVID-19 Masks

Published March 25th, 2020 - 06:45 GMT

Buddhist monks have been using and sorting salvaged plastic bottles in order to recycle them into monks’robes and face masks.

Coronavirus has been spreading in the world since December 2019, the outbreak started from Wuhan, China.

On the other hand, Thai Buddhist monks are sending the plastic wastes to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks.

The country has one of the highest numbers of confirmed cases in Southeast Asia, and over the weekend infections doubled to 721 in a pandemic that has killed more than 15,000 globally.

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Buddhist monks (back) wear face masks made from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Buddhist monks (back) wear face masks made from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

A Buddhist monk sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

A Buddhist monk sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

A Buddhist devotee sews face masks made from fabric derived from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

A Buddhist devotee sews face masks made from fabric derived from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

A Buddhist devotee sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

A Buddhist devotee sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

A Buddhist devotee sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

A Buddhist devotee sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

A Buddhist monk sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

A Buddhist monk sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Buddhist monks wear face masks amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Wat Pak Nam Buddhist temple in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Buddhist monks wear face masks amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Wat Pak Nam Buddhist temple in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Monks wearing face masks sit outside a temple while a worker carries materials for use to disinfect the Wat Pak Nam Buddhist temple, as part of measures against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Monks wearing face masks sit outside a temple while a worker carries materials for use to disinfect the Wat Pak Nam Buddhist temple, as part of measures against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Buddhist monks (back) wear face masks made from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist monk sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist devotee sews face masks made from fabric derived from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist devotee sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist devotee sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist monk sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Buddhist monks wear face masks amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Wat Pak Nam Buddhist temple in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Monks wearing face masks sit outside a temple while a worker carries materials for use to disinfect the Wat Pak Nam Buddhist temple, as part of measures against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Buddhist monks (back) wear face masks made from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Buddhist monks (back) wear face masks made from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist monk sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist monk sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist devotee sews face masks made from fabric derived from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist devotee sews face masks made from fabric derived from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist devotee sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist devotee sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist devotee sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist devotee sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’ robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist monk sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A Buddhist monk sorts salvaged plastic bottles to be recycled into monks’robes and face masks, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. The plastic wastes are sent to a separate recycling facility processing it into thread materials and woven as special fabric for monks. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Buddhist monks wear face masks amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Wat Pak Nam Buddhist temple in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Buddhist monks wear face masks amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Wat Pak Nam Buddhist temple in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Monks wearing face masks sit outside a temple while a worker carries materials for use to disinfect the Wat Pak Nam Buddhist temple, as part of measures against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Monks wearing face masks sit outside a temple while a worker carries materials for use to disinfect the Wat Pak Nam Buddhist temple, as part of measures against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP