The puffer jacket filled with single-use masks collected from the streets that wants to highlight the absurd pandemic-related pollution
To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Iceland during its 4th wave face coverings are still mandatory in public indoor spaces and because of some people's carelessness many of them are not disposed of properly, posing a major threat to our oceans and beyond: 'More masks than jellyfish' entitles the article written by Ashifa Kassam on The Guardian.
Icelandic winds can be very strong, this means that the masks that we see on the streets can quickly pollute our natural environment. To prevent this from happening we collected around 1500 light-blue masks around the streets of Reykjavík, thoroughly disinfected with ozone gas and shipped to Helsinki for Aleksi Saastamoinen, Fashion Design student at the Aalto University, before becoming an unusual filling for "Coat-19", a forward-looking puffer jacket that wants to highlight this absurd pandemic-related environmental issue.
Most of the disposable masks available on the market are made with a thermoplastic called polypropylene which is also used to produce Poly-fill, the most common acrylic stuffing for cheap down jackets: same material, same function, different look. Some of the light-blue masks were partly filled with organic cotton wool in order to create puffy shapes for an oversized jacket.
The outer layer is a semi-transparent breathable and waterproof laminate based on bio-sources (+) that let the disposable masks be visible.
With Aleksi Saastamoinen (@aleksisaas)
Pictures by Luca Ranghetti (@lucaranghettifotografo)
Model: Lorenzo Sabbatani (@tratarana)
Materials: Discarded disposable masks | Recycled transparent laminate fabric | Organic cotton wool filling