In-Made inmates make mouth masks

Country

The Netherlands

Update

July 22, 2020

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In-Made inmates make mouth masks

Country

The Netherlands

Update

July 22, 2020

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In February 2020, In-Made developed a production line for non-medical mouth masks together with medical and business experts and their customers. In-Made is a Ministry of Justice production company which helps prison detainees gain work experience for their reintegration into society once the detainee has served their sentence. They began with around 100 detainees working in six Dutch prisons producing 50,000 masks a week.

The project started with zero knowledge, but by pulling resources together In-Made managed set up production using every sewing machine available in their textile workshops. The cotton mouth masks can be washed and reused around 40 times, making them more sustainable than disposable mouth masks.

 

Frontline staff

At first the intention was to make an alternative for medical face masks due to the worldwide scarcity. In-Made will switch to producing medical masks as soon as it can access the specialised materials required. The non-medical masks they currently produce are used by frontline public transport staff and ex-detainees when they are released.

 

Liberty yarns

In-Made has been helped by many other business to get production off the ground. For instance aptly-named Liberty Fabrics has donated its yarns to sew the masks together. In its various reintegration programmes, In-Made manufactures all kinds of useful products and provides many different services.

 

Join the initiative

The initiative is not restricted to prison production, any company or organisation which wants to help can join the initiative by sending an email to rbba.west@dji.minjus.nl.