During the COVID-19 pandemic, many impact entrepreneurs in the fashion and textiles industry have switched gears to produce reusable, washable masks in a fair and inclusive manner and with sustainably sourced materials.
Amsterdam Impact has put together a brief overview of reusable face masks you can purchase for your own use or donate to essential workers and people in need:
BORO*MINI (Amsterdam) creates natural, hand-dyed baby essentials while guiding long-term job seekers to paid employment. Their face masks are made from leftover pieces of fabric according to the BORO principle, “use everything and don’t waste anything”. Get adult- or child-sized masks and save up with a family package. If you need checked prints in your life, BORO*MINI is also making masks for Studio JUX.
Loenatix (Amsterdam) is a streetwear brand whose organic, fair-trade tops, hoodies and accessories are printed by people with mental health issues. The brand takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to normalising these issues, as shown by its name (pronounced ‘Lunatics’). Buy cheerful masks made from leftover fabrics and keep an eye out for new items, such as a denim mask with the Amsterdam city symbol.
Makers Unite (Amsterdam), a creative platform for social inclusion, teamed up with De Regenboog for Maskers by Makers to produce 20,000 face masks for workers in care institutions, as well as visitors and volunteers. Newcomers in the Makers Unite atelier tailor masks from bed sheets donated by Amsterdam hotels. And De Regenboog washes, sterilises and fits the masks with filters. Donate masks at €1 per piece.
Blyde (Amsterdam/Antwerp), a B Corp-certified PR agency, has teamed up with Makers Unite and sustainable denim label Kings of Indigo for a limited edition series of masks. Using surplus materials provided by Kings of Indigo, the newcomers in Makers Unite’s atelier tailor the masks on which conversation starters like ‘Hungry for change’ are printed using water-based ink. Order yours.
Alchemist (Amsterdam), a sustainable fashion pioneer since 2004, has created Face Up, a line of masks responsibly produced in Portugal from 100% organic cotton leftover fabrics. The double-layered masks have a filter pocket and an adjustable nose clip. Get your pack of four.
i-did (Utrecht / The Hague) guide long-term recipients of social assistance to paid employment and create bags, accessories and acoustic panels from upcycled felt. With the motto “for you, for us, for everyone”, i-did is producing cotton face masks that are adjustable and comfortable thanks to a handy ‘ear saver’ add-on. Place individual orders or larger orders for your organisation.
Fraenck (Arnhem) combines recycled cutting waste from a local sailmaker with vegan leather waste to create sturdy bags and backpacks while offering work placements to talented makers with a distance to the job market. Now the brand is using its expertise to produce colourful cotton masks available in two different sizes. Get yours.
Important: Keep in mind that reusable face masks are not medical products and do not guarantee effective protection against COVID-19. Make sure you follow the RIVM guidelines, which include using public transport for essential travel only.
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