We're Selling Reusable Face Masks
When we first started talking about creating Bamboo Island and what types of bamboo products we'd like to sell, not for one second did face masks enter our thoughts.
Then along came the second wave of COVID-19 and, as we all can appreciate, things changed again.
What only a few months ago seemed crazy all of a sudden started making sense.
We began seeing more and more people wearing masks. And more and more people trying to track down mask stockists.
Right now the wearing of face masks is mandatory in Victoria. For the rest of Australia they are not generally recommended. However, if you're living in a 'hot spot' region where community transmission is occurring, or if you're unable to maintain physical distancing when indoors, the wearing of masks is being encouraged as a 'fourth line of defence'.
As a reminder, the first three lines of defence against COVID-19 are:
- Stay at home if you are unwell (and get tested if you have symptoms)
- Maintain social / physical distancing of at least 1.5m, and
- Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
With the immediate need for face masks in Victoria and the growing possibility that mask wearing may very well become yet another COVID-19 'new normal', we decided it was something we should look into - if only to see what we would actually get ourselves!
When sourcing masks we set a couple of 'rules' to follow:
- Our masks would need to be made with bamboo for its lightweight, breathable and antibacterial aspects, as well as comfort.
- We wanted our masks to be washable and reusable - we are all about sustainability so shy away from single-use products.
- Ideally they would be triple-layered (as recommended by the World Health Organisation and both the VIC and NSW Health Departments).
- They couldn't be P2 or N95 masks (not recommended for community use as they are reserved for our wonderful health care workers!).
- We wanted to offer a variety of colours to add some style and a splash of colour to the masked look.
- Finally, but perhaps most importantly, they had to be something that we and our eldest, teenage son would want to wear.
We're very happy to announce then that we now have in-stock and ready to ship a range of washable and reusable bamboo face masks that tick all of the boxes, and they look like this:
Available in black, light grey marle, blue, raspberry, coral pink and paisley print, these soft, adjustable face masks are triple-layered for comfort and protection.
Other key features include:
- Inner & outer layers that are crafted in a soft, light and breathable bamboo / cotton blend
- A spunbond melt blown filter middle layer
- Adjustable ear loops for that perfect fit
- Able to be worn for extended periods
- Suitable for exercising in due to the breathable and moisture-wicking bamboo fabric (I've tested them personally running and riding my bike - works brilliantly!)
- Fits adults, adolescents and children 7yrs+
- Washable and reusable
- Comfortable to wear
We hope you agree that if you do need to wear a mask that these masks are a great option for you and your loved ones (as it is for ours).
Our face masks are not a medical device. They are not intended to be personal protective equipment (PPE) and should not be used by healthcare professionals or used in a healthcare/clinical environment or setting. The masks are not intended to prevent or protect from any form of illness or disease (or otherwise). The masks are also non-returnable (for hygiene / safety reasons).
The below information was sourced from the NSW Government COVID-19 site (at the time of writing - mid-August 2020) where you can also find more information about face masks here.
How to put on your mask safely:
- Before putting on your mask, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
- Ensure you are using a new surgical mask or clean cloth mask. Do not reuse surgical masks. Always use a clean and dry cloth mask.
- Check the mask for defects, such as tears or broken loops.
- Hold the mask by both ear loops and place one loop over each ear.
- Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin. Be sure your mask fits snugly.
How to wear your mask safely
For each new situation put on a clean mask. For example, you might wear a mask on public transport until you get to work. You shouldn't reuse the same mask during your journey home. Carry clean masks in a paper or zip-lock bag with you.
Don’t touch the mask while you are wearing it. If you do touch it, wash or sanitise your hands.
If your mask gets soiled or damp, replace it with a new one.
How to remove your mask safely:
- When removing your mask, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times.
- Remove your mask outside and away from other people, if possible.
- Carefully remove your mask by grasping the ear loops or untying the ties.
- Wash and dry reusable cloth masks after each use. Store in a plastic or zip-lock bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.
- After removing your mask, always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
For further Information
Please follow this link to visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services page where you can find information about wearing face coverings in that state.
You can also access more helpful details on face masks from the World Health Organisation here.