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The Greener Choice…Reuseable face masks

There’s been a lot of official shilly shally indecision about the wearing of masks but at last the government line is swinging in favour of wearing masks in situations where you can’t avoid being at close quarters with other individuals.

From the feedback that I have received from people who are wearing masks, I am sure that  a mask makes you feel safer and more in control of the situation in an environment that appears to be opening out faster than this pandemic is disappearing.

So best to follow World Health Organization (WHO) advice that “Non-medical face coverings should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible.”

While there’s loads of face mask patterns and making advice available, it’s understandable that not everyone is inclined to make their face covering and many people have opted to wear disposable face masks.

What masks offer the best protection against corona virus?

There’s a comprehensive article in the Guardian that gives some facemask patterns and outlines the most effective types of mask. I am happy to say that the masks that I make come into the category of “heavyweight “quilter’s cotton” or multiple layers of material” – as all of my face masks are made of three layers of material – some are heavier weighted cottons than others but the inner layer is always a densely woven, lightweight fabric that would repel moisture.

Sustainability

While a disposable mask is effective…What about the effect on our environment? According to the short film by my good friend and campaigner for sustainability @cristabuznea, who lives in London, the litter that our masks and gloves are creating will fast become a problem.

To quote the Guardian article mentioned above: …”if every person in the UK used one single-use mask each day for a year, an extra 66,000 tonnes of contaminated plastic waste would be created. The use of reusable masks by the general population would significantly reduce plastic waste and the climate change impact… ‘

Cotton is a tough fabric that is washable, soft, breathable and is available in many lovely designs and plain colours.

As Crista indicates in her short film, there are plenty of people making masks that are washable, reusable, comfortable to wear and they Look Good!

Crista wearing her cotton Peony face mask