We know Thailand is all about sustainable trends now, but maybe we should draw the line at reusing face masks during the current coronavirus outbreak.
Acting on a tip, police raided a house yesterday in Saraburi province where they found six men recycling surgical masks by putting them in a washing machine and ironing them flat to resell on the high-demand market.
One of the men told police he got the used face masks from an unidentified dealer. He and his friends got THB1 (US$.03) per mask and could work their good-as-new magic on 300 to 400 masks daily, according to Col. Pairot Trisophon of Viharn Daeng Police.
Pairot said police are seeking the whereabouts of the homeowner, identified as 47-year-old Jintana Namwichai.
The masks – thousands of them – were seized by authorities and sent to a local health department for further investigation.