In response to COVID-19, Worth shifted its existing manufacturing platform in London, Ontario, Canada, into making thousands of high-quality reusable cotton masks per week.
Designed by textile experts at Fanshawe College, our non-medical masks are made by hand at Goodwill Industries in London, Ontario, Canada. The intentional design of our masks is founded on leading research and development, government health organization recommendations, and feedback from consumers and businesses.
As per recommendations, our masks are tight-weave, high thread count, 100% quilter’s cotton for maximum comfort and effectiveness. Options for adjusting the fit of the mask ensure it does not gape around the nose, mouth, and chin areas.
Why are we called Worth?
Worth is a non-profit collaboration of Fanshawe College’s Faculty of Creative Industries and Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes. We are proud to make reusable cloth masks that are Made in Canada.
All proceeds from Worth products sold go to providing work, employment training and job skills to people with disabilities and barriers.
“When we have a connection with the maker and value their labour, we build a community of Worth”.
The manufacturing platform was originally established for textile diversion and the intentional design of 100% up-cycled, zero waste products contributing to the textile circular economy. Our reusable cloth masks are made of soft new material cotton, but as a natural fibre, cotton will biodegrade unlike synthetic fibres like polyester, polypropylene, and polyurethane.
We are fighting COVID pollution of disposable PPE scattered in our communities and clogging up our water systems. Our reusable masks, washable 300-400 times, are preventing hundreds of thousands of single use disposable masks from landfill. Medical masks are meant for healthcare.
Worth is made possible by the assistance of The Faculty of Creative Services and The Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI). Worth was able to receive curated, outside funding to support the Worth programs.