The compulsory wearing of face masks or face coverings for everyone has helped provide at-risk groups with a much more visible level of protection against COVID-19. However, not all face masks provide the same levels of protection, either for the user or for those around them.
Unlined fabric face coverings don't offer any measurable filtration and as with standard disposable paper masks, are not fully enclosed. They continually slip and require readjustment, creating a contamination risk.
Disposable masks leave around 20% of inhaled air and around 30% of all exhaled air unfiltered and fabric and disposable masks can be difficult to manage properly.
If you are in, or mixing with a vulnerable group, how can you boost peace of mind regarding protection for both yourself and those around you? As COVID cases rise again, you require something disposable paper masks and standard fabric masks can't offer. A face mask that offers you comfort, safety and is environmentally friendly. That means it's time to breathe happy, the world's first consumer reusable face masks using replaceable TYPE IIR filters.
The COMMUTER model is classified as fluid resistant, non sterile medical device. It uses TYPE IIR filters tested and certified to the standard EN:14683:2019 for breathability, Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) and Particulate Filtration Efficiency (PFE). BFE is the measurement of the amount of bacteria of a predetermined size that can pass through the filter and PFE is the measurement of tiny particles that the filters prevent when breathing in. That is the important one!
Lightweight, comfortable breathe happy masks are made from superior, food-grade silicone and polycarbonate, both 100% post-consumer recyclable and are sculpted to fit your face.
A breathe happy mask has fully adjustable straps that ensure it stays in place and moulds to the contours of your face, so once fitted, there is no need to continually worry or fret about readjustment. Spectacle wearers will also appreciate that with a breathe happy mask the seal around your face prevents glasses from fogging up!
Confidence, comfort and cost saving - the breathe happy COMMUTER replaceable filters are just £1.00 each using the subscription service. Each filter lasts for seven days, costing considerably less than daily disposable paper masks.
breathe happy masks are reusable, designed to last several years and are environmentally friendly – delivering 59 times less waste and environmental impact than the use of daily disposable paper masks. The mask is also recyclable.
breathe happy COMMUTER reusable face masks retail at £24.99 and typically will pay for themselves in as little as three weeks when compared with the cost of disposable paper masks.
They are supplied assembled in a box that includes one mask plus instructions on use, five filters (five weeks supply), filter subscription details and a mesh boiling bag for sterilising the mask.
breathe happy masks are a non-sterile medical device for non-surgical environments and are not classed as PPE.. Visit breathe happy to find out more.
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