Face Mask Ambassadors is the UpCycle Foundation’s Response to COVID-19.
Managed by Gabriella Smith who is the founder of the Upcycle Project. a Nonprofit Organization and agency focused on fashion sustainability education & consulting
Gabriella is our guest in Mujer Balance and she is here to tell us about this amazing project that was born in response to this global pandemic and health crisis.
Tell us about your project: Face Mask Ambassadors
At the beginning of March 2020, the UpCycle Foundation received a donation of more than 7,000 new 100% heavy cotton t-shirts that were incorrectly printed for a Florida school. Due to COVID-19 quarantine, the t-shirts could not be shipped to the recycling facility and remained in storage. After extensive research, and in response to the CDC call out to make house-made masks, we have decided to make them out the 100% heavy cotton material from the t-shirts donated to help in the global shortage of N95 face masks.
Now we have a team of seamstresses and volunteers who are willing to donate their skills in order to contribute to all those in need!
In response to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, the UpCycle Foundation is committed to using a portion of donated resources to help our community and providing work for the makers who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic.
Please keep in mind that the Upcycle mask cannot be used with COVID-19 patients. They are designed to substitute or be an addition to surgical masks used to treat non-COVID patients. The goal is to help free up the use of CDC compliant medical masks to treat patients with COVID-19 symptoms.
We would like to know: how can we help?
Please purchase masks or donate for others in need directly on our website Upcyclefoundation.com
If you have questions please look at our resources page for more information.
If you would like to know more about Gabriella, The upcycle project and the Upcycle foundation you can find them at: