What to do with face shields? Send to Craftsmen Who Recycle – Manila Newsletter


• Fashion artisans are now recycling face shields

• Instead of adding tons of trash, these recycled face shields are turned into notebook covers, journal kits, bookmarks, specimen cards

So what do we do with the tons of face shields that have been – or will soon be – discarded because they are no longer mandatory to use? Will those plastic sheets and plastic headphones add to the garbage and debris heaps in water bodies?

Creative crafts that recycle these plastic sheets are already finding their way to online stores. While the number of recycled crafts is still minimal compared to the amount of face shields that have been discarded since becoming mandatory personal protective equipment, the initiatives are gaining attention. Who knows, this could set off a giveaway fashion for Christmas – gifting something that didn’t add to the tons of trash that is currently choking our waterway system.

Instead of throwing away the face shields, four art and environment enthusiasts shared recycling ideas to prevent pollution from these plastic gears. You can either copy these ideas or give them discarded face shields yourself.

Art magazine kits

Zel, a 21-year-old Caloocan resident and owner of the small online craft store Bujo Samples, said a friend gave her the idea to recycle used face shields for her handmade art journaling kits. the hand.

“A friend gave me the idea to recycle a used face shield, and I tried to use it on my artistic thing. The result is so pretty, and I now plan to list the items I made on my shop, ”she said in an online interview with Manila Bulletin.

Used face shield sheets created in die-cut specimens. (Photos of the Zel de Bujo sample)

Zel created specimen cards. These die-cut specimens are decorations and designs that artisans like her use for packaging orders and art magazine kits. In addition to these small cards, she also plans to make bookmarks and key chains from worn face mask sheets due to their sturdy material.

“Just to be sure, I’ve already done a survey on their thoughts on using recycled face shields. If my clients are comfortable with this idea, I plan to disinfect the face shields using ‘a clean towel, Lysol and alcohol,’ she explained.

Handmade Notebooks

Acetate films painted in acrylic and applied with hot embossing pads. (Photos of Katherine from the paperkath_ store)

Meanwhile, Katherine, 28, from Rizal province, said she plans to recycle used face shields as she previously tried using acetate films for her handmade newspaper designs. The acetate film is the same material used for face shields.

Katherine tried out several ideas for acetate films. She says she plans to apply those ideas to the worn face shields she’s collected. She has already created a washi sample holder, designed the films with acrylic paint to embellish the newspapers, and used hot embossing stamps to add elegance and texture to her art journal designs.

Decor, bookmarks, notebook covers

Used face mask sheets reused in a bookmark and notebook cover. (Photo by Izabelle from Arto’sano online craft store)

Izabelle, from Caloocan, who owns the online art store Arto’sano, is not new to the idea.
“For face shields that people might stop using in the future, I’ve tried reusing them in decorations, bookmarks, and notebook covers for the notebooks I create for personal use,” a- she declared.

Izabelle explained that she polished the covers of the notebooks using sandpaper to achieve her favorite rough texture. She cut the desired measurement of a worn face shield for the bookmarks and added minimal designs and wax seals.


Used face shield sheet and box made in organizer, face shield or tissue holder. (Photo courtesy of Vherns)

Vherns, a registered nurse from Rizal, has called herself an eco-warrior and campaigning for the betterment of nature for more than a decade.

“I reuse the face shield boxes as organizers and use the face shield sheets as the glass on top. I also use the face mask used for the seedlings. All materials are washed and sanitized before I work on them, ”she shared in an online interview.

According to Vherns, the boxes she made can be used for gift wrap, pen organizers, mask holders and tissue holders. The 30-year-old nurse said she incorporated her love for arts and crafts into helping the environment.

She plans to showcase her recycled handmade items by creating her own Facebook page to encourage other artisans and eco-warriors like her to do the same.

Over a week ago, the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) lowered the alert level for the National Capital Region (NCR) from 3 to 2, Manila, Muntinlupa, Cebu and Biñan were the first cities to lift the use of face shields.

On November 15, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announced that all people living in areas below Alert Levels 1 to 3 no longer need to wear face shields outside their homes.




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