may bar levav introduces ‘air we wear’, a fashionable face shield collection designed sustainably with natural materials. drawing influence from the new post-pandemic reality, the colorful series aims to give an end to the extremely high consumption of single-use masks that harms the environment, with anyone who wears one of the ‘air we wear’ face covers, taking a part in making the world ‘a better place to breathe in’.

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‘australia fires’ mask
all images courtesy of may bar levav



the ecological crisis, and especially the air pollution that accompanies us for decades are now, is in significant decline since the outbreak of COVID-19. ‘on the negative side, an extremely high consumption of disposable products that are being used for dealing with the pandemic causes an enormous amount of polluting garbage,’ shares designer may bar levav. ‘nonetheless, the common masks that are being used nowadays and are supposed to prevent from contagious particles to move through air are actually made of plastic materials and are manufactured in ways that increase air pollution, isn’t that absurd?’. 

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with this in mind, the designer has worked on producing an environmentally friendly mask collection, which also neutralizes the inconvenient experience of wearing a face shield. the series is made with sustainably manufactured natural materials that are healthy for all types of facial skin. the design combines textile with three-dimensional elements, which will be used as a ‘home’ or a filter that can be inserted and removed in a way that assures multiple uses in the product.

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‘sea of plastic’ mask



meanwhile, the mask can accommodate a wide range of filters, for different levels of protection. may bar levav has cooperated with new zealand based company lanaco, which supplied filters made of natural sheep wool that stands with the world standard for air pollution protection.

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‘china factories’ mask



‘wearing masks and hiding our faces forces us to find new ways of interpersonal communication in order to empower our values and stories,’ mentions may bar levav.‘in my designs, along with textile and knitting techniques, each and every mask will portray one of the many key stories in the era of air pollution increase’. 




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‘oil spill mexico’ mask

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‘industrial revolution’ mask

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project info:


name: air we wear
designer: may bar levav



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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom