We are now taking orders for hand made personal use face masks.
NB: If you want filters to go inside your mask, don’t forget to add them to your cart.
The masks are triple-layer 100% cotton (some linings are a poly cotton blend but a good close weave) with a pocket for an optional filter, and a nice snug wire nose fitting (tested by both of us, great for avoiding steamy spectacles) which keeps the mask close to your face. They are washable but should not be tumble dried, to protect the elastic.
PLEASE NOTE: these are NOT medical grade masks. They are for personal use in line with the Scottish Government recommendation to wear masks in shops and smaller spaces where it is harder to maintain a full 2m distance from others. We make no claims on the efficacy of our masks, other than to confirm that we are using them ourselves and feel they are of a decent quality. Please see our note below on the filters.
Our test masks have filters inserted and are still fairly comfortable for breathing and don’t feel too stuffy. I did a ‘test drive‘ during a 5 and a half hour day of errands this week. With over 3 hours of actual mask-wearing in shops, etc, it was still pretty comfortable, if a wee bit warm.
We have disposable filters to go inside the masks, available separately.
We have now run out of the charcoal impregnated PM2.5 filters, but have Non-Woven Air-Blown Filter Fabric that we will be supplying as double thickness filters. These have an element of particle filtration and are useful for trapping moisture and droplets. To my knowledge, the particle filtration is not fine enough to capture Coronavirus particles and we make no such claims, but it should serve some purpose for droplet-borne particles.
Here’s a great explainer video (not ours) about the benefits of Hand Made masks.
You can choose your fabric for the outside of your mask. We’ll be working to order first, then making in random fabric combinations. Fabric choices are numbered in the images and subject to availability. Please note we may have to ask you to choose alternate colours if first choices are finished.