It’s no secret that there’s a major shortage of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for frontline healthcare workers. To help, brands have started to pause production and have switched to only manufacturing masks so that folks can stay protected. One brand has teamed up with adidas to manufacture masks.
Toronto-based custom swimwear brand, Ūnika Swim has partnered with adidas Canada to create face masks.
“Despite the fact that our store and studio has been closed due to COVID-19, as a local and small business, we wanted to do something to help our community and our essential workers who are currently on the front lines. Although we normally produce custom swimwear in house, we wanted to use this as an opportunity to do our part and make face masks to support those who are risking their lives for our health and safety,” said Betsy Campos, founder of Ūnika Swim.
The Ūnika team is making its masks out of hundreds of unworn adidas t-shirts that the brand donated after Campos reached out.
The face masks that Ūnika is manufacturing are designed to be worn on top of healthcare workers’ N-95 masks to improve their efficacy as these workers only wear one mask per day.
What’s unique about them is that these masks tie at the back which take the pressure off the wearers ears.
Campos’ goal was to create 500 masks but thanks to the generous donation from adidas, the brand will surely surpass that as 300-350 masks are being made in a week. This is all thanks to Betsey and her team who are working remotely to get this done.
The masks are being donated to hospitals and institutions across Canada, as well as nursing homes, midwife clinics, and retirement homes.
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