Saturday, May 23, 2020

25. Environmental contamination of disposable face masks


Thailand Environment Institute
Concerns over environmental contamination - reduce single-use plastics.

Disposable face masks are a particular hazard because they can contain plastics like polypropylene that takes a long time to break down.

TEI set up more disposal systems for plastic to stop it from leaching into waterways and threatening marine life.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

24. LV masks.Government free masks

















COVID-19 STORIES Dr Sing Kong Yuen

A reusable face mask with no filters




“How do you know that your free Government-issue face mask has no filters?” I asked my hair-dresser on 19 May 2020. “I don’t feel any filter inside the mask when I massage it,” he pulled up his mask to cover his nose after I told him the government would fine him $300 for not wearing his mask. “Don’t worry,” he assured me. “The  officer would come inside and tell you to wear your mask!”    This image shows him shampooing a lady after hair cutting. The aunty reclined on the chair with her face masked head on the sink. He massaged her hair and soap bubbles wandered to above her masked nose.    “Take off your mask!” he commanded. This was one very careful aunty. 

She wore a good 3-ply mask with filter. Earlier, he had opened a packet with a mask inside. The loose filter fell onto the floor!  I promptly took off my mask during my turn to cut my hair, so as not to frustrate him!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

23. CYC makes reusable face masks

CYC's Reusable Face Masks



✓ Each Mask Comes With a Washable N95 Hydrophobic Filter
✓ Premium Quality Cotton fabric from Renowned Shirting Mills
✓ 3 Sizes: Large, Small, and Kids'.
✓ Made in Singapore (support local!)
✓ The sale of our masks helps support our Masks for Migrants initiative.




What are your filters made of?
The filters are made from non woven fabrics comparable to the ones used for N95 surgical masks.
According to tests from the Singapore A*star lab, our filters have 95.5% - 99.8% BFE reading after 15 washes, which means they retain their efficacy fairly well even after repeated washes.
We recommend that you change the filter after 10 washes.






Why can't I choose the colours of the masks?

Our masks are made of excess high quality shirting fabrics. We are utilising our fine quality shirting fabrics that would have otherwise been discarded. This is part of our efforts to reduce wastage, and is in line with Singapore's push to become a zero-waste nation. Should we run out of leftover fabrics, we will continue making masks using non-leftover fabric.

Why are the elastic bands for some of the masks different?

We are currently facing a worldwide shortage of elastic bands due to the current demand for elastic bands. As such, we are using elastic bands from a few different suppliers. We are also supplying elastic bands for our Masks For Migrants project. We appreciate your understanding on this matter.

How should I take care of and wash the masks?

Since they are made of fine cotton, hand-washing with laundry detergents are recommended. This will ensure the longevity of your masks. We also recommend that you wash the filter inside the mask to keep its shape.

My mask is too big. How can I make it fit my face properly?

You may tie a knot on both the elastic bands to ensure that it fits your face properly.






Reusable Face Mask - Large Size (Colour Surprise Series)

Sale price $16.00 Regular price $20.00
Tax included.

  • Comes with an N95 hydrophobic filter (water-repellent filter)
  • Features an inner pocket to hold filter insert
  • Is made of Egyptian Cotton
  • Is for adults with larger faces
  • Size (width x height): 23cm x 18cm
What you are getting: 1 x CYC reusable fabric mask + 1 x filter.
We recommend getting 2 masks per person so you can rotate your masks when the other is in the wash.
Offer: Buy 8 masks & up from the Colour Surprise series and get a further 20% discount on the masks (You can combine the kids' sizes, small sizes and large sizes).
For ladies, we recommend our smaller sized mask here.
Note: You cannot pick the specific colour or design of the fabric, as this is part of our Colour Surprise series. We have a wide range of striped fabric, checked fabric, solid coloured fabrics and so much more.
How should you wash your CYC mask? How many times can you wash the filter? We answer your CYC mask-related questions in our Mask FAQ.
About 3-4 working days for local deliveries.

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Reusable Face Mask - Small Size (Colour Surprise Series)

Sale price $16.00 Regular price $20.00
Tax included.

  • Comes with an N95 hydrophobic filter (water-repellent filter)
  • Features an inner pocket to hold filter insert
  • Made of premium Egyptian Cotton
  • Is for adults with smaller faces. Suitable for ladies, teens and tweens.
  • Size (width x height): 22.5cm x 15cm
What you are getting: 1 x CYC reusable fabric mask + 1 x filter.
We recommend getting 2 masks per person so you can rotate your masks when the other is in the wash.
Offer: Buy 8 masks & up from the Colour Surprise series and get a further 20% off on the masks (You can combine the kids' sizes, small sizes and large sizes).
Note: You cannot pick the specific colour or design of the fabric, as this is part of our Colour Surprise series.
How should you wash your CYC mask? How many times can you wash the filter? We answer your CYC mask-related questions in our Mask FAQ.
About 3-4 working days for local deliveries.








  • Comes with an N95 hydrophobic filter (water-repellent filter)
  • Made of 100% Cotton
  • Features an inner pocket to hold filter insert
  • Specially designed for kids from ages 3-8.
  • Size (width x height): 19.5cm x 13cm
What you are getting: 1 x CYC reusable fabric mask + 1 x filter.
We recommend getting 2 masks per person so you can rotate your masks when the other is in the wash.

Offer: Buy 8 masks & up from the Colour Surprise series and get a further 20% discount on the masks (You can combine the kids' sizes, small sizes and large sizes).


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Reusable Face Mask for Kids

Sale price $16.00 Regular price $20.00
Tax included.
  • Comes with an N95 hydrophobic filter (water-repellent filter)
  • Made of 100% Cotton
  • Features an inner pocket to hold filter insert
  • Specially designed for kids from ages 3-8.
  • Size (width x height): 19.5cm x 13cm
What you are getting: 1 x CYC reusable fabric mask + 1 x filter.
We recommend getting 2 masks per person so you can rotate your masks when the other is in the wash.
Offer: Buy 8 masks & up from the Colour Surprise series and get a further 20% discount on the masks (You can combine the kids' sizes, small sizes and large sizes).
Note: Kids' masks come in Disney x CYC fabrics only.
How should you wash your CYC mask? How many times can you wash the filter? We answer your CYC mask-related questions in our Mask FAQ.
About 3-4 working days for local deliveries.