Woman creates face masks from old fish nets
With masks now mandatory in some public spaces in the UK, such as hospitals and on public transport, it’s high time to invest in a durable product that will last you throughout the pandemic.
If you don’t fancy making your own from a sock or a T-shirt, there’s a new eco-friendly option on the market: masks made from discarded fish nets.
The Thyra mask, as its known, was invented by Solveig Starovic, a mum based in Dorset, and is made from regenerated eco nylon – sourced from recycled plastics found in landfills and oceans, such as fish nets.
Thyra’s hyper-resistant and stretchable material also features a two-way filter of melt-blown, non-woven polypropylene that, according to the brand, blocks over 95% of particles of at least 0.3 microns in size.
It’s also very stretchy, made to fit as many face shapes as possible.
What’s more, the product is also machine-washable so you can keep it clean and it can be ironed on low heat.
Solveig created the prototype for Thyra at her kitchen table; it was inspired by her love of cycling and the environment, with the mask adapted from an original sports mask that she has also designed.
‘I’m a keen cyclist but air pollution really concerns me, so I initially started looking into a mask design that could be worn with a focus on maximum protection through very high filtration, while maintaining comfort and breathability,’ Solveig said.
‘ I did a lot of research into different materials.
‘My life has always been very connected to the sea but the amount of plastic in our oceans is shocking and I’m a firm believer that the future is only possible with sustainability, so when I discovered an eco-nylon that uses regenerated plastics including discarded fishing nets, it ticked every box in terms of its quality, performance and eco benefits.’
The mask, which costs £19.99, comes in two colours: latte and mocha, and each order includes one high-purity filter.
Replacement filter packs of three will cost an additional £11.99.
Part of the profits from each mask sold will also be donated to the NHS.