It has been several months now that we have been living in a particular context, and that the masks have appeared in our lives. Whether it's surgical masks, homemade fabric masks or bought from any store, masks are always present. Outdoors, in public transport, to do your shopping, at work, masks have become an obligation, and accompany us on all our trips.
Although they help limit the spread of viruses, masks have become an important environmental issue, since this new consumption represents a real threat to the environment. Whether in the streets, in forests, in rivers, etc., throwing off your mask anywhere is a plague on the planet.
This is why we have decided to present you the good tips for managing your consumption of masks, both to protect yourself as well as possible, while consuming as little as possible.
Favor reusable masks
Unfortunately, disposable masks are often the masks used in priority, because their use is often more pleasant. They are less thick, allow better breathing, but are also responsible for a large part of the pollution linked to the pandemic. Composed of more than 90% plastic fibers, disposable masks take 500 years to decompose.
This is why we recommend that you use cloth masks, which you can wash and / or decontaminate, then reuse. Thus, you will consume less masks, and save money!
For the Academy of Medicine, disposable surgical masks should be reserved for caregivers, patients, and contact cases. For everyone else, reusable masks, more economical and more ecological, are sufficient in public spaces, on condition of course that they change them when they are wet, do not wear them for more than a day, and know how to throw them away. when they are damaged.
Invest in an FFP2 certified mask
However, sheet masks are rarely certified masks, and therefore do not protect you from viruses and bacteria in the air. Just like the 3-ply masks, the fabric masks are designed to protect others from the droplets you throw while talking, coughing or sneezing.
In order to best protect your health, we advise you to invest in an FFP2 certified mask. In addition to protecting others, an FFP2 mask helps filter the air you breathe, keeping fine particles out, such as dust and bacteria.
At Blossum Mask, our anti-pollution masks, considered as personal protective equipment, are CE certified by APAVE in accordance with European standard EN 149 + A1: 2009, class FFP2. But what does FFP2 mean?
- More than 94% of the air breathed is filtered
- The air leaks to the interior are less than 8%
- While providing quality breathability adapted to our active lives
An FFP3 class mask provides better protection but is much less comfortable to wear on a daily basis and even more so during your daily activities because the respiratory resistance is stronger.
This certification is synonymous with efficiency and quality for our masks. Today our masks, although originally designed to protect against pollution, have become our best allies, essential to protect our health.
Clean your masks well
However, using an FFP2 mask does not exempt you from cleaning your masks. It is important to decontaminate your mask after each use, even if you have only worn it for a short time. For this, use the Blossum Mask Bag.
The Blossum Mask Bag is a heated pouch that kills certain viruses and bacteria that cannot withstand temperatures above 60 ° C. Its effectiveness has been tested and validated by the Institut Pasteur de Lille according to the following results:
“Removes over 99.9999% of Human Coronavirus 229E * from the surface of surgical masks on a cycle comprising 30 minutes of heating and 57 minutes of temperature maintenance.
* The HCoV-229E coronavirus is a different virus but from the same family as the virus responsible for COVID-19, SARS-COV-2. "
So there are no more excuses for not decontaminating your masks on a regular basis.