On the 17th March 2020 Project Blu made the important decision to create 1,500 face masks for an 'at risk' community that's located where our manufacturing operations take place: Larciano, Italy. This is an area which has been badly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Since our original donation we have experienced a surge in demand from other Italian provinces as there is a shortage of safety equipment. We have agreed to supply face-masks at zero profit and guarantee supply as long as it is needed. We are currently manufacturing 4,500 masks a day which has been a huge relief to the wider Italian community.
Project Blu is also planning to share training videos, diagrams and tutorials to educate people around the world how to manufacture masks with the right materials and infrastructure.
Michele Carbone (Co-Founder of Project Blu) stated: “COVID-19 is the first globalised emergency for mankind, it has woken our conscience. From this point onwards, worldwide viruses will be the biggest threat for humanity. All members of the community must be organised like an army ready to fight; if we lose time we will lose lives.”
PROTECTING THOSE MOST AFFECTED
Tuscany has one of the oldest populations in the world, so the local community is already at increased risk. Of its 3.5 million inhabitants, about 800,000 (22.7%) are 65 years of age and older and, of these, about 10% are disabled in one or more activities of daily living.
Covid-19 has killed more people in Italy than in any other country, after deaths there rose by 427 in a day (19th March 2020). Italy is facing a shortage of personal protective equipment, including face masks.
To help relieve the pressure Project Blu decided to temporarily turn our resources away from manufacturing pet products into manufacturing face masks, providing some relief to local production companies and donating 1,500 masks for use in the local community.
"Tutto andrà bene" - Everything will be ok!
Here's How You Can Help Too:
- Here are general tips on how to help others as well as tips if you are based in the UK: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/16/covid-19-mutual-aid-how-to-help-the-vulnerable-near-you
- Here are further general tips on how to help others as well as tips if you are based in the US: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/how-to-help-others-in-the-covid-19-crisis
- Here is the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund created by the World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/donate
Stay safe and best wishes...
The Project Blu Team