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Coronavirus: what’s the environmental impact of face masks?

May 15, 2020 2 min read

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Face masks are set to play a huge role in the easing of lockdown restrictions both here in the UK and globally. With the UK government announcing that face coverings will be compulsory on public transport from 15th June - many of us are looking into buying a face covering for the first time.

Different types of face masks offer different levels of protection, but there are also environmental considerations.  How do you choose a face mask that will keep both you- and the planet- safe? 

Widespread use of disposable face covers, such as single use surgical masks, will obviously have huge implications for the planet. These masks, which the UK government has urged should be reserved for frontline healthcare workers, are designed to be disposed of after each use, or whenever they get wet.Research conducted byUCL stated that if every person in the UKused one single-use mask each day for a year, a staggering 66,000 tonnes of additional contaminated plastic waste would be created. Therefore choosing a mask that can be washed and used more than once will greatly reduce what gets sent to landfill. 

Then there is the option of making your own cloth face mask using repurposed fabrics such as old t-shirts. While this is definitely a more sustainable option and any covering is arguably better than none at all, homemade cloth masks are not guaranteed to offer the required pore size to block infected airborne particles. To be effective and block transmission of droplets and airborne particles, face covers also need to form a tight seal over the nose and mouth, with no gaps- something that is difficult to achieve with a homemade cloth mask.

Ally face covers not only use the latest nano filtration technology to block a minimum of 95% of airborne particles (they’re tested and certified KN95 which is equivalent to FFP2), they are also reusable- you can wash each one up to 20 times. They’ll even keep doing the job when they get wet or crumpled. All good to know if you’re a business looking to invest in some effective, practical protection for your people as workplaces begin to reopen. We also offer a bespoke service, creating branded designs to represent your business and demonstrate to employees and customers alike that protecting the health of both your team, and the planet, is your priority.  

Ally- advanced protection you can rely on, and less waste all round. Win, win. 

Available in sizes for both adults and kids and reusable for up to 20 washes, Ally face covers can be fully customised using our bespoke service. Branded face covers are made to order, subject to minimum order quantities. For a bespoke order quote please fill out ourcontact form, or call us on0203 4096988.

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