- August 09, 2020
- Posted by Claire Goldsworthy
- 1 comment
We don’t have a choice right now when it comes to wearing a mask in Melbourne, but we do have the option to wear a sustainable one, and ours are as sustainable as they get.
Masking masks has become a sustainability passion project for me. I wasn’t happy with the environmental impact of single-use masks made with elastic or polyester, so I had to make sure that the masks we were making, didn’t just look good, but had as little impact as possible.
I researched high and low to nut out a sustainable and natural ear-loop alternative to common elastic (which is generally made with polyester) and settled on 100% organic super soft cotton thread. Even though it was the more expensive option, I also chose to use natural, biodegradable timber bead fasteners instead of plastic fasteners, so I could confidently say our masks were completely plastic-free.
The design of our first release of masks was refined and sleek, but they wasted far too much fabric in the cutting process with such a specific pattern design. They do what they’re meant to do and provide protection, but I knew we could find a better way to make them. I couldn’t stand looking at the piles of tiny odd-shaped bits of fabric leftover from our first face mask design, so I’ve come up with something better, which not only tessellates like a dream helping to cut down fabric wastage, but it fits the face like a glove.
Regardless of your big or little nose, pointy or soft chin, slim or rounded face, it’s a comfy mask that fits well and feels good, so you’re more inclined to wear it. It took four samples to perfect the pattern to eliminate fabric waste as much as possible and to perfect the fit so that as many faces as possible would find the same one mask comfortable, functional and fashionable - but we did it.
Our new reusable, super comfortable, 100% natural, plastic-free, elastic-free, ethical and Australian made masks are slowly dropping in the coming days - and they’re our most sustainable masks yet.