Fashionable and sustainable face masks made by Doncaster designer

An eco- conscious fashion designer is running a buy one donate one offer with the face masks she is making from material offcuts.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 7:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 7:21 pm

“The idea is to wear these masks so that the NHS and other key workers will have more access to the official PPE masks,” said Rebecca Ayden, a 24-year-old fashion designer.

“Everytime someone purchases a mask I will be donating one to a key worker in need.

“I am using material offcuts to make these masks as I wanted to provide a sustainable option for people.

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Rebecca Ayden, wearing one of her facemasks.

“The masks have two layers with a space to insert a filter of your choice.”

The masks start at £12 and Rebecca is designing them from materials she has used for previous fashion projects.

She said: “Even though there is not yet official guidance on wearing a mask I see it as being able to protect other people around you if you do get sick.

“Other countries that use masks are looking at us and are shocked that we’re not wearing them.”

Rebecca Ayden, in facemasks.

The designer from Campsall has her own business named The Natural Dyer which is located in the Wool Market.

She works with natural dyes to give old pieces of clothing a new life and a unique style whilst at the same time being environmentally friendly.

“I think that the NHS and all the key workers are doing an amazing job at the moment.

“Any one who is going outside to work should be proud.”

Rebecca Ayden with facemask on.

If you’re a keen sewer Rebecca has a tutorial on how to make the masks at home on her Instagram, as well as a video on how to make the button accessories for PPE masks to make them more comfortable to wear.

“I have made fashionable masks so that the people who wear them will be more inclined to use them time and time again,” she continued.

“If people are happy to take photos in them and to wear them multiple times then not only are they being more sustainable but they will not be using one time wear masks that key workers need more than us.”

If you are interested in purchasing a mask you can find them on her website here.

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