As life slowly starts to creep back to normal, most of us are wondering what normal even looks like anymore. Chances are you might be feeling a bit nervous venturing out. Don't worry, us too! But we've been feeling more confident about braving the city with one of our fabric masks.
When the pandemic began, like a lot of businesses we wanted to do what we could to help those at the front line. We've recently started producing vintage-inspired pieces made from deadstock fabric. And so our first response was to use some of our fabric stock to create reusable fabric masks for NHS staff to show our gratitude.
Now we're offering these masks as made to order products directly through our website. Each is made from clean, deadstock vintage fabric, currently available in 7 unique prints. With manufacturing taking a blow during this time, we've continued to focus on working with UK makers.
They’re eco-friendly, low maintenance and easy to reuse
Each of our fabric face masks is machine washable, meaning they're easy to take care of and keep hygienic. We've made them to a size suited to most adults and they use fabric ties instead of elastic to make them more comfortable. While these masks are not medical grade, they do offer more protection to you when you're out in public. And of course, they'll stop you having to fork out for any spot fines if you plan to use public transport.
It’s compulsory to wear one on public transport
On the 15th of June, the Government announced that it's mandatory for anyone travelling on public transport to wear a mask. The rules apply to anyone travelling by bus, coach, train, tram, Tube, ferry or plane, meaning if you're travelling you need to cover your face!
They offer extra protection
It goes without saying that when you’re wearing a mask, you have more protection from the virus than someone with their face exposed. According to Ben Cowling, head of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Hong Kong: “Face masks could help to reduce transmission in the community particularly if used in public transport and crowded areas.”
Even if you have no symptoms, you could be a carrier of the virus. By wearing a mask at all times in public, you're reducing the risk of potentially spreading the virus to vulnerable people. Provided enough of us are wearing masks out in public, we could have a dramatic impact on the speed of the spread of coronavirus. And that's already clear from cases falling by up to 13% in Germany when the local government made wearing a mask in public mandatory.
Convinced? Shop our fabric face masks and stay a little safer in these strange times.