Envirus Hydrophobic Face Mask Black
Sharkskin’s Envirus Hydrophobic Face Mask Black is designed to give extra protection where it may be needed.
This mask is a multi-layer design based on the best scientific data available. Sharkskin has worked with scientists, fabric experts, industrial and technical wear manufacturers to ensure their masks offer the best protection possible in a cloth mask, has a slot for adding optional PM2.5 filters for added protection.
The meaning of Hydrophobic is molecules and surfaces repel water
The generally accepted principle is that cloth masks will reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 by the user but some suggest they will not offer significant protection for the user. No mask can guarantee 100% protection but the Envirus Hydrophobic is designed to offer additional protection for you, Your family and those you come in contact with. Is also Reusable and Washable.
Say goodbye to uncomfortable ear loops as the Envirus masks use elastic fasteners around the head secure the mask for a correct fit.
Envirus Hydrophobic Face Mask Features:
- Fabric is medical-grade Level 1
- Comfortable and mouldable nose bridge for a better fit and less leakage
- Elastic fasteners around the head secure the mask
- Fabric is permanently antimicrobial
- Fabric kills viral bacteria over time
- Reusable and Washable
- Built-in slot for adding optional pm2.5 filters
- Built to minimise air leakage
- A multi-layer design
- Flexible and breathes well
- Comes with 5x PM2.5 Filters
- Australian Made
The Coronavirus appears to be primarily carried in water droplets. For this reason, our research indicates our choice of fabric tested to medical-grade Level 1 with a water repellent outer will increase protection. The outer fabric passed an independent spray test to international standard AATCC 22-2017 at the highest rating of 100 indicating no sticking or wetting of the face.
This fabric is very flexible for a great fit, additionally, it breathes extremely well.
The inner/next to face fabric is permanently antimicrobial meaning it naturally starves and kills viral bacteria, fungi and bacteria over time. This fabric is also very flexible and breathes well.
The slot between the two layers allows for an additional disposable filter if required. We have PM2.5 filters available for sale in a pack of ten. The masks still function without these filters, this is an extra level of protection blocking airborne particulates, even the very smallest nanoparticles in the air (pollen and most bacteria/viruses.
While the masks are reusable the filters are not designed to be washed.
If you observe people wearing masks in public, you will notice there are often gaps either down the side of the nose, under the chin or sides. We have used years of tailoring expertise and chosen flexible materials to ensure a comfortable fit that minimises leakage.
The bridge of the nose is a point of leakage that affects many masks. We have inserted a mouldable, comfortable nose bridge to ensure a better fit and less leakage. Just squeeze gently and push onto the nose and against the face across the bridge of your nose.
We have tested the masks for 30 Industrial Wash Cycles at over 60 degrees and 30 drying cycles. Masks still repelled water and had no apparent degradation of water repellent properties. We would recommend replacing mask in less than 30-50 washes depending on condition. Water droplets should bead on the outer surface.
Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap or sanitizer before fitting. Look in the mirror to check fit and check for potential leak points. Do not touch the front of a mask once fitted. Remove using straps without touching the front of the mask. Wash in hot water with detergent between use and dry.
WASH AT 60 DEGREES USING MILD DETERGENT. NO CHLORINE. NO BLEACH. AVOID ROUGH SURFACES. WARM TO HOT TUMBLE DRY. MADE IN AUSTRALIA.
EVERYDAY MASK: WATER REPELLENT TREATMENT WILL DEGRADE OVER TIME. HYDROPHOBIC MASK: HAS BEEN TESTED AT 30 PLUS WASH CYCLES WITH NO VISIBLE DEGRADATION OF WATER REPELLANCY
A face mask is not a substitute for other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
• staying at home when unwell, with even mild respiratory symptoms
• physical distancing (staying >1.5 m away from others)
• hand hygiene (and avoidance of touching potentially contaminated surfaces)
• cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene Inappropriate use of masks is associated with risk
• the use of a mask, alone, will not prevent infection
• touching the mask during use or when removing it can contaminate the hands
• risks are compounded if masks are pulled down or removed to consume food or drink
• masks will be less effective if they become damp or damaged
How to Envirus Face Masks
Cloth face masks should be worn in public settings where social distancing measures are challenging to maintain, such as in grocery stores and in areas of significant community-based transmission. Masks are considered an additional action and are not a substitute for other safe practises such as social distancing, proper hand sanitising and testing.
1. Sanitise hands before handling the mask
2. Place mask over mouth and nose
3. Pull elastics overhead for a snug fit
4. Mould nose bridge to fit the face
5. Do not touch your mask while wearing it
Remove the mask by lifting off without touching the front of the mask or your face. Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask. If you accidentally touch your mask, wash or sanitise your hands. Wash in hot water with detergent between use and dry.
For more information on fitting masks and best practices, head to the world health organisation page.
Envirus is a proudly Australian owned manufacturer who makes high-quality reusable cloth face masks suitable to assist in the spread of COVID 19.
The function of cloth masks in containing the spread of COVID 19 has been advocated widely both in Australia and across the world. At Envirus we aim to take it one step further and provide a mask solution that provides a greater level of protection than standard cloth. As such we have made our initial mask offering out of specifically selected fabrics, with inherent waterproofing and/or Antimicrobial and Antiviral properties.
Initially, we have employed a cloth containing Liquid Titanium which is a brand name associated with a fabric that incorporates charged Titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles which are incorporated into the yarns. Titanium dioxide (https://www.britannica.com/science/titanium-dioxide) naturally occurs as a powder and is widely used today as a white pigment and in the pharmaceutical industry in such products as toothpaste, cosmetics and sunscreen. Liquid Titanium yarns were patented in 2013 and have many claimed therapeutic benefits and as such have already been used in the equine industry for many years.
The therapeutic claim of Liquid Titanium fabric that interests Envirus, is that it has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. This claim is at least partly supported by numerous independent scientific reports on the antimicrobial and antiviral properties of Titanium dioxide itself in various forms. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/225439242_Interaction_of_titanium_dioxide_nanoparticles_with_influenza_virus, https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/2053-1591/ab3b27
As COVID 19 is relatively new, little research is available specific to a COVID virus however substantial research is now being undertaken globally as to how these fabric and nanotechnology can assist in the fight against the COVID 19 global pandemic. https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/05/07/2029587/0/en/Nanotechnology-and-Nanomaterials-Solutions-for-COVID-19-Diagnostic-Testing-Antiviral-and-Antimicrobial-Coatings-and-Surfaces-Air-Borne-Filtration-Facemasks-PPE-Drug-Delivery-and-Th.html
Even though not all the research has been completed on the Sharkskin Envirus Hydrophobic Face Mask, whilst we catch up, we still felt the need to get the products we believe are best possible product into the Australian market now as the need is urgent. This is unusual, but as most of you will appreciate, these are unprecedented times.
Please do note that Envirus are confident in our products and are in the process of undertaking our own independent research and gaining accreditations for our products and the fabrics we use. Envirus is currently working with the Federal Government through the Innovations Connections Program (https://www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Innovation-Connections) who have connected us into both the CSIRO and other Australian research facilities to undertake testing and product development which includes the following:
- Antiviral properties including surface efficacy testing via Associate Professor Nathan Bartlett from the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
NB: this test uses an actual COVID virus (not COVID 19).
- Differential pressure test (EN 14683Annex C) via CSIRO
- Blood penetration testing (ISO 22609) as referenced by AS 4381:2015 for P2 medical masks via CSIRO
- Blood filtration efficiency test (EN 14683 Annex B) also as referenced by AS 4381:2015
As soon as we have the test results available we will be making the announcements so please follow us for further updates on the Sharkskin Envirus Hydrophobic Face Mask.
Please also note we are also going to be testing various other fabrics including one that contains silver as independent research has also shown silver also has antiviral properties (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6264685/). As we complete testing we hope to improve and extend our range of products so we can, in turn, provide you with our customers, with the best available product, most suitable to your specific needs.
All our tests will be conducted on both the raw fabric and on products that have undergone repeated and numerous uses, and washes to confirm that the Sharkskin Envirus Hydrophobic Face Mask truly is reusable.
All masks including 3 Ply, Surgical Masks, KN95 and Fashion masks due to health and hygiene policies are not able to be exchanged or refunded.