Rainbow Mask brings Solidarity to the Streets
MasksForAll was started during the long, anxious days of the lockdown in March 2020, as our children drew rainbows with the message “Everything will be OK” in many languages to put up in windows and on balconies.
We wanted to recognise the solidarity and optimism shown by children, so we asked them to send us photos of their rainbows so that we could create a unique fabric and a mask that they could keep forever to remember this unique time.
We’re so happy to announce that this little seed of an idea, born in the lockdown, is finally a reality, and our rainbow masks are already being delivered to children in Barcelona and beyond.
The founder of MasksForAll, Amy Holden, said:
“The lockdown has been a momentous event in the lives of children. We wanted to create something we could keep forever to remember this exceptional time, and that recognises the part children have played in reducing the spread of the virus.
Rainbow paintings on windows and balconies were a way for children to connect and share a positive message with each other from their own home. Now, as they begin to go out into the world again, we want them to see their rainbows on other children and to realise that we are all in this together.”
Amy, a Barcelona-based toy designer, set up MasksForAll when she could not buy face masks suitable for her children. She wanted an eco-friendly option that didn’t use up valuable PPE, which is vitally needed in hospitals. Amy quickly realised she could make reusable, sustainable masks locally in Barcelona.
The MasksForAll Shop sells hygienic fabric face masks which comply with UNE 0065 Specification. They are made from two layers of soft 100% cotton fabric, allowing a filter to be inserted between the layers, and they have a curved shape which reduces gaping over the nose. The 100% organic cotton lining is a sanitary fabric which has been tested to offer more than 94% filtration capacity. The masks are made locally, just outside Barcelona.
As well as selling the masks online, MasksForAll makes an extra mask for every three sold and have so far donated over 500 masks to local charities and good causes, such as El Casal dels Infants del Raval and Caritas.