As a result of the abundant need for face masks for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more businesses and individuals are stepping up to create high-quality masks for consumers and frontline workers. One of the latest examples, according to blogTO, is the partnership between Adidas and sustainable swimwear brand, Unika Swim. Keep reading to learn more about how they’re working together to make masks for the frontline workers who need them most.
Materials Provided by Adidas and Repurposed by Unika Swim
The goal of this project is to make masks that cater to the needs of frontline workers who are battling the coronavirus outbreak. And, it all starts with Adidas, who provides the materials that are then repurposed by Unika. The company manufactures the masks in-house, with Betsy Campos, the founder, leading the way.
Researching What Was Most Needed
Although Campos had been asked about whether or not her business would help with masks, she waited before jumping into it. And, the first thing she did was talk to frontline workers in healthcare who could give her their perspectives and opinions on what they truly needed out of a mask.
First, she found out what was wrong with the masks that were currently being used. Then, she quickly decided that her task would be to make a mask that could be worn on top of an N95 mask so it would last longer. And, in addition to that, Campos worked on creating a design that would be comfortable, especially since so many workers were complaining that their masks were hurting them.
Finally, Campos reached out to Adidas to source the ethical and sustainable materials that would be necessary to get the job done. Adidas donated hundreds of new cotton shirts, and Unika Swim has been able to make hundreds of masks as a result.
An Innovative Design
Because elastics were creating problems with currently used masks, Unika Swim took a different approach when making their own pattern for their masks. Rather than using elastics that would go behind your ears, they decided to make masks that would tie at the back of the head and neck. The masks also feature a pocket into which healthcare workers can put a filter if they need to.
The Fabulous Results
The masks are being donated to hospitals and institutions in Canada, as well as in the United States, and the response has been incredible.