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What style of Mask4Life Face Covering is best for you and your employees?

Face coverings are something we all had to get used to pretty quickly thanks to COVID-19. As a result, it didn’t give people much time to consider the types of face masks that would best suit their needs.

Now that we are further along in the pandemic, you may have found the type of mask you are currently using doesn’t quite fit your requirements. This is especially the case if you are still using disposable face masks or trying to find bulk buy custom face masks for office employees.

As a leading supplier of facemasks in the UK, we’d like to run through the benefits of each face mask and snood type we stock. In particular, focusing on reusable face coverings, including fixed loop, adjustable elastic earloop and snoods. 

The Problem With Disposable Face Masks

Before we jump into the benefits of each particular face mask or snood type, it’s a good idea to think about why disposable masks aren’t always the best option. 

Did you know that for every 1 reusable face mask sold by Mask4Life, we save 30 single-use masks entering landfill, our environment, or the oceans?

Disposable face masks aren’t designed for heavy use, as they have a maximum wear time of 4 hours. Currently, 53 million non-recyclable single use face masks are being thrown away every day. 

With only 4 hours of wear time, your employees would require a minimum of 2 masks a day (10 a week!) just to get through the workday. Based on 1000 employees, the monthly saving from switching to reusable masks would be up to £8,000 & the reduction in waste would be 3500kg! 

While undoubtedly any face covering is better than none, the reality of the coronavirus pandemic is that it’s sadly not a short term event. Therefore, masks are a continual requirement even over a year down the line. What that means for everyone and especially businesses, is that you need a face mask solution that’s both practical and economical in the long term. 

Purchasing reusable face masks or snoods of any kind already offers many benefits. It will reduce your environmental impact versus using solely disposable masks. In addition, it can help manage costs as a business since reusable face masks can be washed instead of having to purchase fresh masks each time. 

Fixed Earloop Face Masks

  • Antibacterial coating
  • Soft feeling on the skin
  • Requires no user adjustment
  • Fully washable
  • Reusable up to 30 times
  • Several sizing options
  • Several colour options
  • Option to add company branding
  • Certification available on request
  • Dispatched within 24 hours

If you’re on the hunt for a universal, no-nonsense face-covering, then a fixed earloop face mask is a great choice. Available in 3 sizes, this particular style is double-layered, offering both additional protection and comfort for users. 

Compared with a disposal mask, you will notice the fit is a lot softer around the ears. The benefit will be especially appreciated by those who are required to keep a face mask on for long hours throughout the day. 

If the mask is a little loose, it can still be knotted or looped, though you’ll find its cotton, polyester and spandex composition does offer a good level of fit for most people. In addition, fixed earloop face masks do sit quite high up on the cheek. This means better protection from vapours for yourself and those around you. 

Our fixed earloop masks have been tested to significantly reduce staphylococcus aureus, klebsiella pneumonia – both of which are incredibly nasty strains of bacteria that can easily be spread via the skin, which face masks make direct contact with. 

With a 30 day lifespan, you’d require the equivalent of 60 disposable face masks if you’re required to wear a face for 8 hours a day. 

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Elastic Earloop Face Masks

  • One size fits all
  • Antibacterial internal layer
  • Vision masks available (suitable for those who rely on lip reading)
  • Will give a taut rather than loose feel
  • Can be machine washed at high temperatures
  • Several colour options
  • Dispatched within 24 hours

Elastic earloop face masks are considered a one size fits all option. This is because the band has a lot of stretch, making it ideal for different face shapes and sizes. 

There is more choice with regards to the material type and construction with elastic loop face masks. This includes the choice between flexible, premium or vision options. In particular, the vision face masks help combat the issue of impaired communication that face masks can cause, especially for those who rely on lip-reading or have general hearing impairments. 

Our premium face masks also contain antibacterial properties, including 100% anti-droplet technology. 

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  • One size fits all
  • No straps increasing comfort levels
  • Ideal for outdoor wear, including exercising
  • Option to add company branding
  • Black or grey colour options
  • Bespoke colour options possible for higher unit purchase

Looking to ditch straps altogether? Your best option is to try a snood, covering the entire face from the nose to the bottom of the neck. 

What’s handy with a snood is that you don’t have to take it off. You can simply lower or raise it when needed (though we’d still recommend sanitising your hands every time you do so). As the snood stays on, it is less likely employees can forget, lose or misplace their masks. 

Snoods are also more comfortable when worn outdoors, including when exercising. Depending on the nature of your business, your employees may find a face mask restricting or impractical for their work. But with a snood, it softly sits against the skin, while simultaneously preventing vapours from being exchanged.

As with all reusable face coverings, snoods are washable. Their more sturdy construction means you may find snoods last a lot longer versus face masks. Snoods can be washed at 60 degrees, helping to kill bacteria that may remain if you wash face masks at lower temperatures.

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Face Mask FAQs

Below are some of the most common questions about face masks and the styles we supply here at M4L. 

How Do I Wear A Face Mask Correctly?

Before you touch your face mask, you should thoroughly wash or sanitise your hands. Place the face mask on, ensuring it covers the bridge of your nose and the underneath of your chin. 

If wearing a disposable face mask, you will need to press the plastic of the nose bridge in place so that it fits snugly with no gaps.  

Ensure your mask continues to fit correctly while wearing it so that your nose or mouth are not exposed at any time.

Avoid touching your face mask, and if you do so, you’ll need to immediately wash or sanitise your hands. Also, follow these steps when removing your mask.

Disposable masks should be placed in closed bins. Reusable face masks need to be washed at the end of the day. 

Do You Sell Custom Reusable Face Masks?

Yes! Please head over to our face mask shop and choose one of our reusable face mask styles. Each particular mask will have details about the branding options available. 

Do You Sell Washable Face Masks?

All of our reusable face masks are washable. We would advise washing the mask at the end of each day, in line with government advice. You may wish to have a couple of masks on hand so that you have a clean face mask while the other one dries. 

Please follow the instructions to wash the masks at the correct temperature, either 30 or 60 degrees, depending on the material.  

Can I Bulk Buy Office Face Masks?

Yes! As your employees continue or begin to start working within the office again, you must have an adequate supply of face masks. It’s not always possible to rely on employees to bring their own face masks. 

Plus, you may wish to have your face coverings branded to your company. We offer a range of branding solutions to keep everyone in unison. 

You can also check out our blog post on Planning To Return To The Workplace After COVID-19 for further information on this topic. 

Buy Face Masks In Bulk

Are you looking to make a bulk purchase of face masks for your business? We sell all of our face masks and snoods in bulk ranging between 5 and 5,000 units. 

By purchasing face masks in bulk, you can also make tremendous savings versus buying individual masks. Our face masks can be purchased for as little as 50p per unit, working out at 1.6p per use based on the maximum 30 day usage time. Just for contrast, single reusable face masks are being sold for anywhere between £5 and £40 on the high street! 

To browse our full range of UK face masks, please visit our shop. Alternatively, if you have any queries or are interested in custom branded face masks, please contact us, and our friendly team will be in touch.