The unspun®️ non-medical masks are made from our lightweight and highly breathable 100% wool felt. Wool is a natural and renewable material widely used in the production of filters. The masks are reusable and can be disinfected in boiling water.
The masks have our trademark look and feel, with our colourway designs naturally embedded. All our felt is made in the UK and is 100% natural, renewable and biodegradable. We make and sell the masks at cost to support the wider COVID-19 efforts.
The masks come in two sizes: Medium (usually suited for women and young adults) and Large (usually suited for men). NB: the amount of colour and pattern will vary with each individual mask.
When properly fitted the adjustable elastic and nose clip ensure the air goes through the mask and not around the edges.
The structural integrity of the felt permits the mask to stand out, away from the mouth, giving you space to breathe and talk without feeling excessively restricted. It can easily be removed without touching your face.
Wool felt has many unique qualities which makes it suitable for facemasks:
... wool is nature’s best wicking material, pulling moisture away from the skin to the surface of the fabric where it evaporates, keeping you dry.
... wool felt has lower air resistance – which makes breathing easier – than similar thickness synthetic filters.
... wool can be heat treated to a temperature that destroys viruses, making it safe to reuse.
...soft Merino wool felt is comfortable to wear
According to the Reusability of Facemasks During an Influenza Pandemic: Facing the Flu: Respirator and medical mask filters are typically composed of mats of nonwoven fibrous materials, such as wool felt, fiberglass paper, or polypropylene. The material creates a tortuous path, and various mechanisms result in the adhesion of particles to the fibers without necessarily blocking the open spaces, still allowing air to flow easily across the filter (Revoir and Bien, 1997).
Wearing a facemask will not replace the need for social distancing and handwashing. Given the growing evidence that people can infect others before showing symptoms, wearing a facemask is as much to protect yourself as to protect other people from you in case you are infected. Your mask protects me - My mask protects you.
Please note this is a consumer product and not a medical device. It has not been tested to PPE standard. We cannot accept any returns or exchanges for hygiene reasons.
Care and maintenance
The masks should be cleaned before first use and after every use.
Cleaning your mask is as easy as brewing a cup of tea:
Bring a pot of water to the boil, put the mask in the water with a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid or wool detergent. Using a tool, make sure the mask is completely submerged, but do not agitate as this may cause the mask to shrink. Turn off the heat and leave it in the pot for 10-15 minutes. Remove from water, leave to cool and rinse in lukewarm water to remove any soap residue. Gently press the mask in a clean towel to remove excess water, smooth it with your hands and allow to dry completely before use.
If needed the mask can first be hand washed or machine washed on a wool setting.
If the nose clip needs to be replaced at some point - a normal paperclip works well to ensure a good fit is maintained. A 32mm long paperclip is the ideal size. Simply unbend and insert into the nose clip folds. Bend the tips back on themselves to ensure it stays in place.