Face masks have been playing a pivotal role in preventing the spread of coronavirus are now turning into a new threat to the environment. According to the recent studies made by environmentalists, most of these masks contain or are made of polypropylene, which does not break down quickly. This plastic does not disappear but rather slowly breaks down into micro-plastic, which enters food chains, with devastating effect.
This has forced many of the nations to look into immediate option, the cotton mask which can be worn many times – it simply doesn’t have the same medical requirements. According to the experts, it’s even fine to just wash it every once in a while. Taking the trend forward, the manufactures stated bringing various designs in cloth face masks. Amongst which Ayurvedic masks formulated by Narayanapet district handloom labours in collaboration with DRDA are of high demand. These Narayanapet masks are a brand now providing employment to hundreds of women.
It was learnt that Hari Chandana Dasari, the district Collector of Narayanapet is the mastermind behind the idea of incorporating Ayurvedic formulation into face masks. During a brainstorming session to support hundreds of families who lost their livelihood in the wake of corona lockdown, Hari Chandana was said to come up with the idea which is now a super hit in the district. “We held talks with Ayurvedic specialists who came up with cotton face masks which have a distinct fragrance made out of natural ingredients.
In no time these masks created their own brands while the DRDA officials who are working in collaboration with women unions claimed to get new orders. With this encouragement, collector Chandana is said to order for making vibrant changes in the masks like more patterns and colours.