Face masks are vital in our fight against Covid-19, but discarded masks are becoming a huge environmental problem.
Penang retired teacher and sewing enthusiast Choong Lay Khuan, 66, is concerned that millions of single-use face masks are being discarded daily in our country.
"It aches me to see used face masks disposed of in the streets. They are also littered in rivers and pose a major threat to animals and marine life," said Choong over a phone interview recently.
|Choong washes and sun-dries the used face masks before transforming them into things like aprons and grocery bags.|
Last December, a South Korean furniture design student made the news when he created climate-friendly plastic stools made from over 10,000 used face masks.
In the past five months, Choong has been upcycling face masks and repurposing them into things like grocery bags, flower pot holders and hair ties.
"I want to contribute my part by using our family's used masks. The masks are washed and dried in the sun before being sewn into other things. This way, I am helping to lessen the thrash around my neighbourhood," said the grandmother of three.
Here, Choong shares five household items and accessories you can make using upcycled face masks. All you need are simple sewing tools like scissors, chalk and measuring tape, needle and thread. And don't forget to wash your face masks before starting the projects.