Sustainable designer Sanyukta Shrestha is making eco-friendly, reusable face masks for the UK’s homeless people…
The multi-award winning bridal designer and her team are making hundreds of masks to help protect homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching out to them via Crisis.
Crisis is a charity that was formed in 1967, as an urgent response to the growing homelessness crisis and has helped since then thousands of people out of homelessness, providing them with a range of different types of support, from supplies to mental health and legal services as well.
Crisis, UK commented:
We have received the masks and they look great so thank you very much. With the lockdown measures being relaxed our Skylight building is becoming a lot busier with homeless members who will benefit from the masks, so the timing of the delivery is perfect.
Crisis estimates according to a recent research conducted by Heriot-Watt University that there are roughly 12,300 rough sleepers in the UK and 12,000 people sleeping in sheds, bins, cars, tents and night busses. People experiencing homelessness, particularly those who are rough sleeping, are most exposed to the risks of the virus, not only because they do not have a safe home to self-isolate or follow sanitation guidance, but because they are three times more likely to experience a chronic health problem including respiratory conditions.
As a sustainable brand, Sankyukta Shrestha have opted to donate reusable masks to reduce plastic pollution and be kinder to the planet.
The disposable non-surgical masks should be used for medical purposes as hospitals would need them constantly especially during the Pandemic. Instead of donating single-use disposable plastic masks, we are making and donating handmade masks that are durable, washable, reusable so it will last longer and be kind to the planet. In this pandemic, we should not only take care of each other but our planet as well.
Sanyukta and her team have also been devoting their lockdown time for making and donating thousands of masks, PPE for the NHS and key workers in the UK. They’ve also donated handmade masks and food supplies to Ama ko Ghar – a shelter for homeless people in Nepal. Even Sanyukta’s 6 year old daughter Ameya has been helping sew masks!