No one was properly prepared for COVID-19. Amongst the challenges we are facing today is the lack of equipment needed by health workers world wide. We (the Plaato team), a Norwegian beverage tech startup, thought about how we could make a positive impact. Face shields are one of the essential pieces of equipment that is sorely needed. This is a significant challenge for all of us that requires creative solutions. We came up with an effective and simple way of making high quality keg face shields out of disposable plastic kegs found in large quantities in bars and restaurants worldwide. This makes sense because they are incredibly easy to make and because there are more bars and restaurants than pharmacies and hardware stores globally.
A conservative estimate is that every bar has at least 5 empty plastic kegs while every restaurant has around 3. each of these kegs can become 8 keg face shields. In Oslo, the city where we live, has around 160 bars and 720 restaurants. That makes 23.680 keg face shields. That is a lot for a small city like Oslo. Here are the numbers (estimates, from this source) from other cities in the world:
- London: 1.700 bars and 18,110 restaurants = 502.640 keg face shields
- Tokyo: 1.600 bars and 148,582 restaurants = 3.629.968 keg face shields
- Sydney: 280 bars and 19,384 restaurants = 476.416 keg face shields
The point is that there are a lot of bars and restaurants in the world and a lot of potential face shields.