Seeing people donning masks in Australia is not common sight, however with the concern for spreading coronavirus people are taking extra precautions and masking up. Until now masks have mostly been discouraged by health professionals, which is likely due to shortage of stocks — they want to reserve medical masks for those that need them.
One way to wear a mask in public without dipping into professional supplies is to DIY with what you have at home. These masks are not going to protect you from catching the coronavirus but they may help to stop the spread — and that's what we're all trying our hardest to do right now.
Below is a quick and easy DIY on how to make your own reusable, no sew, quick and easy plastic free face mask.
Fold one side of the bandana into the centre ad smooth out to create a fold.
Fold the other second side into the centre, so you have two equal halves.
Flip the folded bandana over and smooth out with hands to flatten.
Repeat Steps as above. Fold one side of the bandana into the centre.
Repeat the fold on the second side by folding into the centre. If you'd like extra protection you can also add a coffee filter to the inside of the folded area.
Add hairbands to each end of the bandana — these will be used to tighten the mask and secured around your ears. The location of the hairbands can be adjusted depending on the size of your face.
Flip bandana. Take each end of the bandana and fold it inwards using the hairbands as a fold guide. Tuck the ends of the mask into the seamed area, flip around and your cotton mask is ready to wear!
To wear your mask the hairbands are wrapped around your ears.
If you would like a little scent you can spray a little essential oil onto your bandana, before folding. When you return home from getting your essential supplies, throw the bandana into the wash.
You now have a simple DIY cotton reusable face mask that's ready to go whenever you are. #staysafe and #stayathome
Author Bio - Catherine Anne Earle
Catherine founded EORTH, an online plastic free store in July 2018.
Although she had always considered herself to be fairly environmentally conscious, it wasn't until she participated in a Plastic Free July challenge that she became more aware of how damaging plastics were to the environment.
Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Management and was the part-owner and founder of Sun Peaks Independent News, a community newspaper based in British Columbia, Canada.
Catherine now resides in her home town of Cairns and operates EORTH in the beautiful beachside suburb of Palm Cove, Queensland.