The Canadian Government and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now officially recommending that people wear a face mask when venturing out in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
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 2 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 they are reusable and hand made and they are not N95 masks. 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.
ONE FINAL NOTE... You also may be interested in our Triple Win Community-Made 100% Cotton Masks: https://lifewithoutplastic.com/pre-order-triple-win-3-ply-100-cotton-face-masks-made-by-sewists-at-home/
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.