21st May, 2020: It all started with a question from the creator of the Fine Guard Reusable Protective Mask, asking, “Did you know disposable face masks don’t degrade?”. This was the brief that ignited Horizon FCB Dubai to create a campaign to say, yes, we are all concerned about protecting ourselves from COVID-19, but we are forgetting to protect our planet. 

When COVID-19 struck, Fine Hygienic Holding used its skills at making hygiene products to create the first reusable and washable mask that is clinically proven to kill the Coronavirus. Because, while we need to wear masks, every day hundreds of thousands of non-recyclable masks are being disposed of around the world, harming the planet.

“A mere three months ago we worried about ocean plastic and polluting our world. Now we are massively accelerating pollution by tossing billions of disposable masks into our oceans and landfills.” Fine Hygienic Holding, CEO – James Michael Lafferty

Horizon FCB Dubai took up the challenge, and created the campaign ‘Waste Can Mask Our Future’. Working in lockdown the agency produced every asset from portraits to hero films, right from ideation to launch remotely from the team’s homes across the Middle East and beyond. And, with no possibility of doing a photoshoot, everything had to be done online, with a photographer directed over webcam to shoot the masks, and a retoucher to realistically place them on our visuals. 

“This was an exciting creative opportunity, to spark a conversation and create awareness on social media about this important and overlooked issue.” Horizon FCB Dubai, General Manager – Reham Mufleh

This campaign aims to raise awareness about the environmental impact of these disposable masks, 

“Never Finished, we will keep pushing boundaries and in this case we feel it’s crucial for the world to become aware of the impact disposable masks are making on our environment, while staying safe and getting the best possible protection.” President of Horizon Holdings – Mazen Jawad

Now the message is spreading through social media from Dubai to the rest of the world. Because we need to think beyond today and protect ourselves, and protect our planet.

Agency Credits:

Mazen Jawad – President of Horizon Holdings | Reham Mufleh – General Manager of Horizon FCB Dubai | Rodrigo Leal Rodrigues – Executive Creative Director | Rodrigo Scapolan – Associate Creative Director | Elsa De Bruyn – Associate Creative Director | Guilherme Possobon – Associate Creative Director |

Bassam Doss – Arabic Copywriter | Lucy Elder – Copywriter | Sinto Anto – Senior Graphic Designer | Muhammad Abid – Senior Graphic Designer | Dana Salamoun – Senior Account Manager | Hicham Soubra – Head of Creative Services and Production | Waleed Abdulaziz – Senior Video Editor | Moreira Estudio – Image Retouching | Chico Barros – Masks Photographer

Client Credits:

James Michael Lafferty – Fine Hygienic Holding, CEO | Andrea Janjua  Chief Fine Tissues & Fine Guard Category | Hande Hitay – Fine Guard Brand Manager