Not being a sewer, I had a go at making a face mask from a pretty sock with a nice pink heal like I'd seen on the internet. The first time I wore it my friends hooted with laughter! So much for my efforts at creativity!
But luckily I have very talented and helpful friends who have made me some beautiful washable face masks using scraps of fabric from the very successful Fabric Rescue we held in Matakana in July. Thank you Sue Monk and Yuka.
Sue also made a selection of fabric face masks for our staff at our Lawrie Rd and Rustybrook Rd Recycling Centres. Not only are they more comfortable to wear but they are SO much better for our environment. There's heaps of patterns on line.
And you actually don't even need to sew a mask - you can make one out of a scarf or hankerchief and a couple of rubber banks. Check out Nanogirl's video showing us how https://zcu.io/ifNK
How many disposable masks have you started to see lying around in the environment? I came across a few lying in the gutters on my morning walk yesterday. I'm sure they weren't deliberately dropped, but mostly likely blown away or lost.
Disposable masks can only be used once and then need to be safely disposed of to landfill. They cannot be recycled - they contaminate recycling bins. And they cannot be flushed down the toilet either as they can cause a breakdown of our waste water and sewage system. Instead, they need to go into household rubbish, preferably wrapped in newspaper. This is especially important in the times of Covid19.
Better still, make your own, even if it looks silly like my pink nose job!
We're devoted to zero waste, and have wonderful local, wastebusters like Trish Allen, who will be sharing tips on reducing waste and keeping you up to date with what is happening at our Lawrie and Rustrybrook Road sites.