The Couch-19 is made from widely used face masks collected from the streets.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the use of masks has increased. In many countries, the government has mandated the use of masks as a strategy to fight the virus, but there is no clear way to deal with widely used masks.
This means that it will only increase the impact of pollution on the environment.
Tobia Zambotti, an Italian designer, suggested a new idea of reusing discarded masks for constructing Couch-19, which used over 10,000 throwaway masks.
They were collected from the streets of Pergine Valsugana, the hometown of Zambotti and have been disinfected with ozone before they were used as fillings for the recyclable crystal PVC modular cushions.
The irregular shape of Couch-19 is reminiscent of the beauty of an iceberg, which is one of the most iconic signs of global warming. (Via)