According to a Time magazine article published recently, there are two schools of thought regarding face masks. Some experts tell people not to wear them because they are not effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus and their purchase may contribute to a global shortage of disposable face masks that health care workers really need. Other experts such as Dr. David Hui, a respiratory medicine expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong says that “The mask provides a barrier from respiratory droplets, which is predominantly how the virus spreads.” He also says that the role of a face mask may be especially important in the epidemic due to the nature of the virus. Patients with COVID-19 often have mild or even no symptoms, and some researchers believe it can also be transmitted when patients are asymptomatic—meaning patients can be contagious and don’t know they’re sick."
When visiting people at risk or to remind yourself not to touch your face, we believe face masks can play an important role in preventing the spread of any virus. Because they are hand made, reusable and washable, these masks do not contribute to the global shortage of masks.
Single use face masks are generally composed of synthetic plastic-based materials and are disposed of after just one use. This contributes to the plastic pollution problem. We set out to create a product that could assist with preventing the spread of respiratory droplets while replacing the single use plastic mask. We wanted it to be washable, repairable and non-plastic. A local seamstress in Canada, Tracey Vibert, took inspiration from common single use disposable plastic face masks to create this reusable mask.
These 45% organic cotton and 55% hemp plastic-free face masks have 3 layers of fabric and can be washed and re-used time and time again. They are lightweight, made from breathable material and an alternative to their plastic counterparts. We are happy to provide you with the ability to take some precaution while limiting plastic use!
PLEASE NOTE: These do not contribute to the global shortage of face masks as these are reusable and hand made. Social distancing remains the best way to prevent the spread of any virus.
VERY IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTE: These cotton masks are unregulated and do not provide the same health protection as regulated N95 respirators or surgical masks. For more details on N95 respirators and surgical masks see this information provided by the US Food and Drug Administration: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-and-surgical-masks-face-masks
Like anything you receive online, please make sure to wash your mask when you receive it. It is recommended to mark one corner of one side of your mask with a marked dot in order to identify the front and back of your mask.
*Orders with this product may ship about a week later than expected
Limit 2 per order.
Dimensions: 18 x 9 cm / 7" x 3.5"
Materials: 45% organic cotton and 55% hemp.
Care Instructions: Line dry to avoid shrinking after wash.
Country of Manufacture: Canada.
Health and Environment: Plastic-free, zero-waste, BPA-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free, lead-free.
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