At the beginning of March 2020, UpCycle Project received a donation of more than 7,000 new 100% heavy cotton t-shirts that were incorrectly printed for a Florida university. Due to the COVID-19 quarantine, the t-shirts could not be shipped to a recycling facility and remained in storage. After extensive research, and in response to the CDC call to make home-made masks, we decided to produce face masks out of the material donated to help in the global shortage of N95 face masks.
UpCycle Project masks were produced locally in Miami by seamstresses that lost their jobs due to the pandemic, helping supplement their income during these tough times. The revenue generated by the sales of these masks paid out more than $10,000 to local makers.
During the pandemic, UpCycle Project -with the help of supporters- has donated 1,300 face masks to frontline workers around South Florida and the country.