UpWrap and Art Partner are mobilising a volunteer effort to make and distribute fabric face masks
Besides washing hands, the number one way to stop the spread of the coronavirus is by wearing a protective facemask. Unfortunately, there are severe shortages in overwhelmed healthcare systems and other critical services. As a community, UpWrap can help alleviate the stress on our medical supply chain, and also help to keep each other safe by wearing reusable fabric facemasks until the danger has passed. This is our chance to make a difference! “N95 and medical masks, which offer the most protection and are heavily in demand, should be reserved for health care workers who are regularly exposed to infected patients.” -- The New York Times, April 17, 2020
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Brands, Please donate any over-stock or off-cuts of light to medium weight cotton or other light-weight breathable, washable fabric for the creation of facemasks produced and distributed by UpWrap. Makers, Calling on anyone with a sewing machine; students, designers, grandmothers to help make masks to help sew masks that will be donated directly to charities and organizations in need of personal protective equipment. Everyone, Please help share the message on your Instagram. Tag @Up.Wrap in your call to action, and use #iwearmymaskfor and tell us who you are wearing your facemask to protect—it can be an individual, organization, community, or country that you are doing your part to help protect!
MASKS & PATTERN
UpWrap facemasks are protective, sustainable and considered in their design. Our masks are washable and reusable, and they can accommodate a disposable filter for those with more direct risk of exposure. Our pattern and how to video are available here for anyone who would like to produce a facemask for themselves or as part of our volunteer effort. In addition to our volunteer effort, UpWrap is also producing and selling fabric facemasks at UpWrap.org for £8.00 with 100% of proceeds being donated to the production of additional facemasks for communities at risk through May.
You can donate fabric and volunteer to sew by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Instagram @Up.Wrap.