“RashR” is now making washable face masks with filters from plastic removed from our seas to help reduce the transmission of Covid 19 on Leeside and the rest of Ireland.
The organization will be pivoting their usual business of creating rash vests to produce this equipment for the general public with €2 of the proceeds from each sale going to the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association (ILFA)
They are manufactured in two sizes; an adult one-size-fits-all version and one for children aged 3-10 years. Each mask has a pocket that is suitable for optional PM2.5 filters which are also supplied by the company.
Speaking about the decision to launch this product, RashR CEO, founder and Carrigaline-native Tom Cotter said; “In response to the current pandemic, we have committed to utilizing our wide international network and considerable industry experience to source reliable good quality, eco-friendly materials in the fight against COVID-19 at realistic cost by working directly with top manufacturers.
“We also wanted to help a charity as we know they are especially struggling during this time, so with that, we chose to donate €2 of each mask to the Irish Lung Fibrosis Foundation.
“We chose to donate €2 from every mask sold to the Irish Lung Fibrosis Foundation given the significant number of members suffering from respiratory diseases at the moment, a lot of their members would suffer from symptoms very similar to COVID-19 constantly and with our masks helping to protect the lungs, it felt like a good fit for us.
“We’re also delighted to be working with a number of companies around Ireland and internationally to recreate branded face masks from reclaimed ocean waste for the ‘new now’. This is a great option for corporate customers to have their own branded face masks.”
The masks have also recently received the support and backing from Leonardo Di Caprio, who is well known for being a devout environmental activist as well as a Hollywood movie star.
In terms of caring for these masks, “RashR” has advised that all masks be washed regularly, with any filters removed prior to washing. All masks are also machine washable at 40c for 30 minutes, with no bleach, and must be ironed at medium temperatures only, with no tumble drying of the masks or dry cleaning advised.
Each mask is €19.99 and includes 1 filter (with €2 per mask donation going to The Irish Lung Fibrosis Association). A Pack of 5 filters is available also at €7.50. For further information on the masks or to place an order, see rashr.com or follow @TeamRashR on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.