As it is becoming increasingly mandatory to wear face masks in the UK I thought it would be a good time to launch some with a British wildlife theme. These are made to World Health Organisations guidance for non-medical face coverings.
In most parts of the UK, it is now mandatory for face coverings to be worn in shops and enclosed spaces. The exception is in Wales. But soon even in Wales, you will need to wear a face-covering when on public transport and taxis. At the moment from 27th July in Wales, you don’t need to wear face coverings in shops or enclosed spaces but there are petitions to try and convince Wales to follow the rest of the UK. It’s only a question of time before Wales acts.
However, while the rest of the UK has not made any mention as to the type mask or it’s quality, in Wales the requirement is for a 3 layer mask to cover nose, mouth and chin. This is basically following the guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
All the masks on Wildlife News meet the WHO standards for non-medical face masks. These are:
- The outermost layer should be hydrophobic. These masks have a 100% coated polyester fabric on the outward-facing layer. This water-repellent layer helps to reduce the amount of external water vapour landing and being absorbed by the mask. As such it may help reduce the risk of contaminated water droplets resting on the mask near your mouth, nose and eyes. This may offer some protection for the wearer from other people.
- The innermost layer should be hydrophilic. These masks have an absorbent cotton inner layer that captures water vapour you may exhale or release when talking, coughing or sneezing. This is to help reduce any spread of the virus if the wearer has COVID-19 without knowing it. This layer helps to protect other people from the wearer.
- The middle layer should be non-woven hydrophilic. The mask should have a space between the two main layers for an additional filter. This filter layer should be absorbant and not woven to maximise surface area to capture any water droplets that may penetrate the outer layers. Our masks can have an additional filter added to make up to the required 3 layers.
While the WHO does not make any recommendations about the makeup of this filter layer it could be as simple as a thin layer of cotton wool or a piece of kitchen towel cut to size and fit. The important thing is that it is absorbent to capture any stray water droplets.
Our masks were developed by German company Spreadshirt who make custom clothing and are made in the EU.
The outer polyester layer is printed with images of British wildlife and is a great option for people who love the countryside and wild animals.
When you buy these face masks not only are you showing some love to your favourite wildlife species but 20% of profits go into the Wildlife News Wildlife Rescuers Fund. This helps to provide funding to independent wildlife carers and rescuers.