(CNN)In a win-win for sea animals and humans, a scuba diving group is turning plastic water bottles that once polluted oceans into face masks for people to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
A scuba diving group is making face masks out of recycled ocean plastic
The face masks are made by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), in partnership with Rash'R, a company that sells eco-friendly active wear. Each reusable mask costs $20.40 and comes with five replacement filters. The price reflects the cost it takes to make each mask, PADI says on its website.
"We are not profiting from this product," Lisa Nicklin, vice president of consumer marketing at PADI Worldwide told CNN. "We're very much a heart-and-soul organization. We care about the ocean and our diver community, so we wanted to be able to put our hands on our hearts and say that we're not profiting off this difficult time."
The masks, currently available for pre-order, come in five different designs based on sea animals such as whale sharks, manta rays and great white sharks. There is even one made to fit children ages 4-10.
With 15,000 masks already pre-ordered, PADI and Rash'R have had to quickly ramp up production to meet demand.
"We underestimated how popular they would be," Nicklin said. "I think (consumers) just felt that it was a great thing to do for the ocean while also buying something that they need."