With each purchase of a face mask from our website, a mask will be donated to California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS), a government organization that provides care including medical, dental and mental health services to California’s prison inmate population at all 35 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) institutions statewide.
CCHCS is allocating these donated masks to a women’s correctional facility in California where 200 inmates are being tested daily during the COVID-19 outbreak. Inmates have been provided masks by the facility thus far, and your donation helps the healthcare workers at this facility, who up until recently have been asked to provide their own.
These masks are 100% cotton and were produced in Los Angeles, CA using surplus material from our own production cycle. For the production of these masks and many of our other goods we use surplus yardage along with scraps of all sizes with the intention to find use and value for all of the materials we enter into our system.
If you have purchased a mask or have supported us in any way during this time, we thank you, acknowledging that this is a difficult time for many in our community and around the world. We understand that this moment has challenged all of us to consider what is important to us, which is why your support at this time is especially valued.
Please read on for instructional information in regards to proper use of our masks.
Prior to trying on, please machine wash mask in hot water with like colors and tumble dry. Please note that this mask has been designed to shrink after washing.
-Content: Dual layered 100% cotton fabric.
-After each use, machine wash your mask in hot water with like colors. Then tumble dry low.
-This mask includes an opening for a filter insert. Please see below for instructions and a printable cut-out guide for using a filter with this mask
-Per Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines, please ensure that your mask fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face and allows for breathing without restriction.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their cloth face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
This product is not recommended for use in any surgical setting or where significant exposure to liquid, bodily or other hazardous fluids may be expected, or for use in a clinical setting where the infection risk level through inhalation exposure is high.
This product is not medical grade and does not make any claims of particulate filtration or possession of antibacterial or anti-viral properties.
For any questions or concerns regarding the proper use or care of your mask please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating a filter for your mask
A 2013 study published in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness showed vacuum bags are nearly as effective as surgical masks at screening out bacterial and viral aerosols. Even tea towels or coffee filters and other similar materials can work, and will help the mask filter out more than cloth alone.
Please use the following steps to create a filter for your mask.
1. Print out this PDF at full scale on a sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper
2. Cut the shape out of the template
3. Trace the cut out shape on your filter material in pen (vacuum bag, tea towel, coffee filter)
4. Cut filter material along the shape
5. Insert the filter into the fabric opening in your mask
Please note that each filter has a one-time use. Please dispose of each filter after use and machine wash your mask on a high temperature setting before reusing.