Wearing a face mask outside the home is now a reality in Melbourne as it is in many locations around the world. So if you have to wear a mask, the question you should be asking yourself is: do I use a disposable mask or a reusable mask?
Disposable face masks create waste management issues which local governments have to deal with. By comparison, a reusable mask is generally made of fabric which can be washed many times before it stops doing its job. This has clear benefits for the environment and waste management.
Reusable face masks are gaining in popularity helped by manufacturers offering a wide range of designs in a variety of colourful fabrics. They are becoming trendy and in some retail outlets are fetching prices as high as $49.95 each.
Cost is the biggest barrier with reusable masks which are offered in single, double and triple layers depending on the level of protection required. Businesses wanting to give masks to their staff and even clients will be attracted to the option of branding their masks with their logo. This is easily done using screen print or embroidery, however it does add to the mask cost.
The fabric used in reusable masks is often cotton for comfort with a non woven fabric layer between the outer and inner cotton layers to provide some rigidity. Some more expensive reusable masks offer an inner pocket to fit a health standard liner which can be easily replaced rather than replacing the mask.
If your team is in daily contact with members of the public, or are aged care workers, it is advisable to consider protecting them by issuing reusable face masks.
Please feel free to contact us for more information about face masks. We hope you and your team stay safe during this COVID pandemic.