“They are made from coffee filters,” Odegard explained. “They are reusable, washable, and there’s a replaceable filter, and you can use it up to 30 days.” A perfect mask for many of its customers. “And, it smells like coffee so it’s a cool bonus,” Odegard said.
Wearing a coffee filter as a COVID-19-fighting mask isn’t entirely as ridiculous as it sounds. As Melitta—the German company credited with inventing the paper coffee filter—will tell you, they already make a standard-sized cone filter that fits the face perfectly.
The disposal of face masks and medical waste during the COVID-19 pandemic is putting increasing pressure on the environment. According to statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mainland China, 116 million tons of masks were consumed every day.
Common Grounds Brew and Roastery has rolled out a “COVID Relief Blend,” which is packed into 12-ounce bags for $20 each. They’ve sold 21 as of Thursday and will give $5 from each sale to “Get us PPE,” a platform trying to bring such equipment to workers leading the fight against coronavirus.
In an email to staff obtained by CapRadio, he wrote that he would be giving “100 percent authority on all company-wide decisions” to its director of retail operations. Two current Temple workers confirmed that they received the email.
While businesses across the country are floundering amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurants and food companies are in full operation providing for their customers. Workers may be grateful to still have jobs, but conditions can be precarious since these employees don’t have the luxury of working from home.
“It’s a horrible position for medical workers to be in, and a horrible situation we’re in right now with the virus,” she said in a story published on Starbucks’ website. “I felt really helpless. I think a lot of us feel really helpless right now. So, I just thought, ‘What’s one thing that I could do right now that might make a difference?'”