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From Scraps to Masks

Clothing companies could use their extra textiles and materials to donate to mask production, or create their own line of masks.

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According to, the clothing and textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world after oil production. It is no surprise that the majority of materials used in fashion end up being wasted and thrown into landfills. What if these major companies responsible for a lot of this waste, used their leftover scraps to create face masks for those in need? It would be so cool to see companies donate materials that would otherwise be thrown out into a landfill, to those creating masks during this urgent time. On the other hand, it would also be cool to see them recycle their materials themselves and make their own masks with the resources they already have.

What is the need are you focusing on?

This would help with the shortage of face masks, while helping the environment at the same time.

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

I have seen major fashion designers such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci release their own line of masks, and I think that smaller boutiques and designers could really benefit from hopping on this trend. Now that masks have become a staple in our wardrobe, all sorts of clothing producers should be taking the initiative to create their own. Many smaller clothing companies are losing business due to Covid-19 because less people are out and about shopping for clothes. This could be a great way to increase sales.

What is your profession?

I am currently an undergrad design student.

Where are you located (country)?

The U.S.

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

Which industry do you work in?

  • Designer(UX/CX/Design Research)
  • Student

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Welcome to the challenge Alexa McClurg  . Great to read through your inspiration. Feel free to explore more ideas here and on the ideas phase: