COVID restrictions are easing, but mask-wearing is still in full swing. This sustainable mask turns into a patch of wildflowers.
As we move closer toward herd immunity, the need for masks at the ready is decreasing. But having one handy might be the new normal in cold and flu season. Marie Bee Bloom has one that takes the edge off the single-use factor. This sustainable mask is 100 percent biodegradable and filled with flower seeds so you can plant it after you wear it.
The number of single-use masks now in the oceans as a result of the pandemic is staggering: an estimated 1.5 billion masks in oceans as of January, and nearly 7 billion are worn and tossed every day. The United Nations called it a “toxic problem” estimating that 75 percent of all-single use masks will either wind up in landfills or oceans.
We saw the masks in parks and streets in every suburb,” said Dr Mohammad Saberian, lead author of a study on mask waste published in March. “We were inspired by the idea to look at circular economy solutions and reduce the pandemic-generated waste.”
“The earth and the ocean are littered with plastic disposable masks due to the pandemic,” says Marianne de Groot-Pons, a graphic designer and founder of Marie Bee Bloom’. “With all the harmful consequences that this entails. This makes us sad and we want to do something about it!”
“I’ve also polluted the earth with my designs for prints and packaging, so I want to do something back for the earth,” De Groot-Pons said.
The flower masks are made from rice paper and filled with a Dutch meadow mix including asters, cornflower, coreopsis, gilia, gypsophila, and dill. The masks turn what would be waste into flower bombs.
“Earth happy, bees happy, nature happy, people happy,” said De Groot-Pons. “Bloom the world! Bloom the world!!”