When critical supplies are hard to find,
DIY’ers are here to
North Carolina makers, crafters and others concerned about the safety of medical providers on the front lines in the COVID-19 pandemic have joined together to create face shields and provide them to local health care facilities.
This PPEople Brigade is an effort led by Paige Cox, co-founder and executive director of Reconsidered Goods, a Greensboro creative reuse non-profit.
Want to start making face shields?
Product List for Making PPE Face Shields
Plastic Shield Options
Binder Presentation Covers (8 1⁄2 x 11 inches, 8mil plastic) Transparency Film (9 x 11 1⁄2 inches, for plain paper copiers) Transparency Film (8.8 x 11.5 inches, for laser copiers) Available from the following:
Amazon, Staples, Office Depot, Blick Art Materials Foam/Felt Forehead Protection Heavy Duty Felt Strip Roll (.5” wide with adhesive strip) Adhesive Foam Tape (.5” wide with adhesive strip) Available from the following:
Amazon, Wayfair, Zoro, The Felt Story, Walmart Headband Attachment 3⁄4-1” Elastic (if available) 3⁄4” Velcro Stretch Ace Bandages
Available from the following:
Amazon, Fastenation, Walmart, Health Products For You
Standard Desk Stapler & Staples
Amazon, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart
Can do attitude! (you know, get ‘er done and save lives!)
Clorox Wipes to clean assembly surface
Large Ziptop or Flat Open Bags (13” x 15”, or 18” x 24”) for packaging/transport
Available from the following: Amazon, Staples, Office Depot, WalMart, ULine
When critical supplies are hard to find, DIY’ers are here to help!
Here’s how this got started!
Cox, a designer, artist and environmentalist, realized that she could use her creative reuse super powers to repurpose materials from Reconsidered Goods into DIY face shields for health care providers. All of the materials and labor are being donated at no cost to the medical facilities.
Since starting this effort on March 13, a team of community members in and around Greensboro have created and donated more than 2500 face shields to Moses Cone Hospital, High Point Regional Hospital, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, local homeless shelters and hospice centers. Local makers have another 2800 ready to go and are working to send some shields to New York City and other hot spots around the country.
PPEople Brigade is a growing movement, providing individuals with resources and tools so they can create face shields for their own community. With a simple, easy-to-follow video, a supply list, suggested sources for supplies, and ideas for reaching out to local nurses, doctors, hospice facilities, homeless shelters and community health centers, PPEople Brigade is here to help you replicate this effort around the country.
Each shield can be made in about two minutes for one or two dollars. Due to a shortage of supplies (elastic is apparently the new toilet paper!) folks are getting creative to come up with solutions using items such as velcro and ace bandages! We are overwhelmed by the generosity of community members who want to make a difference during this unprecedented health crisis. The PPeople Brigade encourages local involvement until the government meets its responsibility of protecting health care providers and other front-line responders. Hospitals, hospice care facilities, assisted living facilities, homeless shelters, and more are all facing shortages of vital PPE’s. Networking within your own community can help you and your own group of makers get these into the hands that need them.
We encourage you to connect with our community on Facebook
and share your own local DIY story!
Want to start your own brigade?
Visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PPEopleBrigade-102692691397434/ for links to resources.
We’d love to see you set up your own local Facebook page to connect with other makers and medical professionals in your area.