New: Astronomical Face Masks made from Recycled Materials!

We’re delighted to launch a new range of exclusive re-usable face masks, created in partnership with ReWearable Clothing, a unique upcycling business based in Darwen near Blackburn.

Set up in January by Beccy Waite, ReWearable Clothing aims to reduce the impacts of fast fashion and prevent clothing and other materials from going to landfill. With the help of her 14 year old twin daughters Charlotte and Jessica, the family source items from charity shops, jumble sales and thrift stores that they can re-work, recycle or re-sell, breathing new life into old products.

Beccy, an experienced ecommerce expert who also works as a children’s face painter, explains why she set up the company: ‘My twin girls opted to take Enterprise as part of their studies and we discussed how they could create and sell ethical and sustainable products to learn more about business. Launching ReWearable Clothing seemed like a great idea and when the outbreak of Covid-19 meant that my face painting business had to close, I found myself with some spare time available.’

As the impacts of the pandemic hit, Beccy and the girls spotted the need to create quality re-usable face masks, so they set about designing their own pattern and repurposing bedding seconds to create and sell them online.

Beccy explains ‘It was at this point that we were approached by the Jodrell Bank team. I was overjoyed when they asked us to create bespoke masks for sale in their gift shop.’

The challenge was set to source astronomical themed fabrics that could be used to create 100+ high quality face masks for the Discovery Centre’s gift shop in time for Christmas. The materials were found locally and ethically and everything about the finished product is recycled or repurposed. Even the ear loop elastic is end-of-roll and the packaging is biodegradable.

Above: Beccy at work creating the new Jodrell Bank masks

Beccy cotinues ‘This was our biggest order to date and involved carefully finding and selecting the right fabrics and materials. It’s certainly kept us busy during lockdown and has been a great way to bring the whole family together.’

Amanda Labella, Cultural Enterprise Manager at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre has said ‘We’re beyond thrilled with the masks, and so are our customers, in fact they’re already the most popular item in our online shop. We knew we had to have re-usable face masks in stock and were keen to find a sustainable supplier that could create something really special for us. Beccy has been brilliant and we’re delighted to be working with her.’

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre face masks are fitted, washable, lined and have elasticated ear loops, they are available in three different space-themed designs featuring constellations, galaxies and planets, come in two different sizes, and are for sale exclusively on the Jodrell Bank website for £8.95 each.

Above: The finished products using all recycled or repurposed materials.

Amanda continues: ‘Purchasing one of our masks is a great way to support both Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre – a registered charity, and a fantastic new local business. On top of that, you can rest assured that you’re helping to prevent more unnecessary waste from going to landfill!’

Click here to buy a face mask and explore the Jodrell Bank Gift Shop. There is currently free UK delivery on all orders over £25 and any purchases made before Friday 18th December, will guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.

All profits made from sales in the Jodrell Bank Gift Shop are reinvested in to the Discovery Centre, helping to protect, share and celebrate this internationally significant site.