All face masks have an impact on the environment. Millions of disposable face masks are being manufactured, transported and thrown away – every single day. Many of these end up at sea. According to the UN, we can expect around 75% of disposable masks to end up in landfills or at sea (read more at the bottom of this page). What happens when "everyone" is using and throwing away multiple plastic masks every day? We hope that it is possible to take both the health of the population and the health of our planet into consideration. That's why we decided to act quickly and offer two local alternatives:
You bring a fabric (for up-cycling) that you want to use. We turn the fabric into a two-layer mask for you. You must decide yourself if the quality of the textile is fit for being used as a mask, but make sure that it is a relatively dense material that can be washed at 60 degrees.
This will take place in our shop in Oslo starting Monday August 17th. If you don't live in Oslo, send us an email and we will see how we can help you. Remember to wash the fabric before bringing it in.
We will also start production of masks in organic cotton next week - made by our seamstresses in Oslo of course! Production starts August 17th. Available to order now.
Price: 25 Euro per mask (both options).
Whether using a face mask is a good idea or not isn't up to us. There are many factors that indicate that they are relevant tools to fight the virus, but at the same time, we think it is worth remembering that they have an environmental cost.
We will leave it up to you to decide what you make of all this, but in light of the latest development in Norway we just knew that we had to offer an alternative to mass production from the other side of the world.
Standarden Norge - The standard Norway and the EU follows for face masks (Norwegian)
Folkehelseinstituttet - More on cleanliness and hygiene (Norwegian)
Direktoratet for samfunnssikkerhet og beredsskap - Choose the right face mask (Norwegian)
FN - Five things to know about disposable masks and plastic pollution
The Guardian - "Pandemic waste" at sea