Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out but, with the virus still spreading rapidly, masks are set to be essential wear for many months yet. With global plastic mask pollution rocketing, why not go reusable by supporting a Lewes business?
Did you know the UK is now sending 1.6 billion disposable face masks to landfill every month – or about 55 million masks a day? Each one contains enough plastic to hang around for 450 years. For non-medical use, reusable masks have to be the sustainable choice.
Luckily for us in Lewes, the brilliant Dolly Clothing (aka Diane Upritchard) is selling her 100% cotton, zero waste (all made from fabric offcuts) face masks – all with a double-layer and the tightest thread count for extra durability. Each mask is in a range of fabric designs and has a pocket to allow you to add additional filters. Given that disposable masks cost about 65p-80p each, a Dolly mask will have paid for itself in 10 to 15 wears.
You can order Dolly masks or a downloadable pattern and instructions to make your own at the Dolly Clothing website.
Dolly Clothing adds: Our face masks are not a replacement for medical grade Personal Protective Equipment and using face masks is not intended to replace other recommended measures to stop the community spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, washing your hands and refraining from touching your face.