The ongoing pandemic has seen an increasingly large amount of single-use facemasks going to the landfill and the ocean.
To address that problem, two Helsinki-based designers – Tobia Zambotti and Alski Saastamoinen – have found a way to turn these facemasks waste collected from the street into fashionable puffer jackets.
Around 1500 health masks were collected and disinfected with ozone gas before being used. While the outer layer is made from recycled transparent laminate fabric, which is also waterproof, the masks are filled with organic cotton wool to create a puffy feel and help wearers feel cozy.
The icy puffer jacket follows one of Tobia Zambotti’s latest projects, Couch-19, where he created a sofa from single-used facemasks.