As the government have ruled that anyone entering a shop must wear a mask to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, disposable masks have become a regular item on the shelves of convenience stores across the country.
However to the dismay of locals, the public continue to find new ways to litter the country, as it has been reported that disposable masks are not being correctly disposed of. A post on Keep Britain Tidy announced that one of their ‘#LitterHeroes’ Ambassadors Jason Alexander, collected 50 single-use masks in a single litter pick. If you consider that billions of single use masks and gloves are going to be used over the coming months in the battle against COVID-19, this is a lot of unnecessary wastage that can easily be stopped.
As we all know the locals of Lytham detest littering and work hard to manage to mess left around their lovely seaside town. We continuously see posts and images of volunteers helping clean The Green and our very own beach. Disposable masks are contributing to the mess these locals are trying to put a stop to.
In an attempt to stop the littering, many businesses and local tailors are working to provide the public with reusable, washable masks that will save their customers money in the long-run. Whether you are from Lytham St Annes, Blackpool, or Poulton (and surrounding areas), we have reached out to local businesses who can provide tailor made masks with the fabric of your choice.
Lytham St Annes – Zoe Elizabeth Nelson
Zoe has set up a little fundraising strategy, by creating masks that she sells via Facebook Messenger, Zoe uses the money to buy boxes of muffins for local schools, as well as foodboxes for a local Homestart charity. In addition to making masks, Zoe’s little boy, Sam, who has Cerebral Palsy, does treadmill months to raise money for charities, where he does 10 minutes on the treadmill everyday. This is a lovely way to give back as well as providing the public with protection from the virus.
Her masks are: £1.50
To buy a mask get in touch via her Facebook Messenger HERE
Blackpool – Cool Koalas Clothing
Speaking to the owner of the company Cool Koalas Clothing, Rachel Skelly, she explained that having owned a children’s clothing business, she has access to lots of brightly colour fabrics that she thought people would love as face masks. Rachel can make a mask in the fabric of your choice in adult small/medium/large, with small sizes being suitable for teenagers. Rachel delivers the masks to customers in Blackpool and Lytham St Annes areas.
Her masks are: £5 each or 2 for £9
To buy a mask get in touch on Facebook HERE
Poulton Le Fylde – Fashion House
Edyta from the clothing story, Fashion House, in Poulton Le Fylde, has been creating and selling masks to the public since the very beginning of Lockdown. Although she had to encounter countless messages of hate and abuse from the public who did not think that masks were necessary, she continued to create her products when as there was a need. Edyta is a professional tailor and dressmaker, who’s key working season was cut short by covid. Unable to create/alter wedding and prom dresses during the spring/summer months, Edyta sold masks in order to keep her business afloat and make use of the fabrics she stocks in her shop. She provides 100% cotton masks for children and adults, with customizable designs.
Her masks are: £3 – 5 each