ENJO develops personal reusable face masks in the fight against Covid-19
As you know, the safety of our ENJOpreneurs, their families and all of our clients across the UK is our top priority. We’ve already adapted our UK processes to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic; read on to find out how our head office in Austria has designed and produced high-quality ENJO face masks to help protect you and your family:
Research on the benefits of fabric face masks for the general public has intensified over recent weeks and a number of countries, including Austria, have ordered their citizens to wear them in public places. At the request of the Austrian government, ENJO International is now working with local partners to produce face masks for the public – see our video below. As the UK government seeks the safest way to ease the lockdown measures in the coming months, personal masks may also feature as part of their exit strategy. Therefore, we have decided to make these high-quality reusable masks available to the UK market.
For clarity, these are not medical products and are intended instead for members of the public, to supplement your regular social distancing measures and help you avoid infecting other people when out and about.
Will the mask protect me from Covid-19?
ENJO reusable face masks are made of the highest quality materials, but they are not a medical product and are not designed to shield the wearer from virus transmission. Instead, they are specifically designed to help you avoid spreading the virus to other people in the event that you are infectious and are not showing symptoms. Many countries, including the UK, have advised people to wear similar face masks where social distancing is not possible, for example in shops and on public transport. In some situations masks are now mandatory.
Making these masks available to the public means that medical-grade masks can be reserved for health and social care settings where they are most needed.
Concerns have been raised in the media that wearing a mask could make people complacent. We want to be really clear that it is still vital to maintain the usual measures of rigorous hand washing and social distancing when wearing the mask, to avoid transmitting the virus.
What is the mask made of?
ENJO is known for quality materials and we have access to excellent suppliers. Our manufacturing partners have researched the most effective types of fabric to design an optimum product that delivers on both comfort and protection. The ENJO reusable mask features a double-sided fabric: a flexible cotton/lycra mix which fits comfortably, and a tough micro polyamide fabric to provide a dense, protective barrier.
In recent tests performed by the US Army, microfibre fabric was shown to be one of the most effective fabrics to use as a face covering.
How does it feel to wear?
The premium material is incredibly breathable, making the mask comfortable to wear even in high temperatures at the height of summer. At the same time, the dense polyamide component offers excellent protection and the mask is wide enough to fully cover your nose, mouth and the lower part of your face, with an external seam for improved comfort. Robust elastic straps hook neatly over your ears to keep the mask securely in place.
The mask is currently available in one adult size and measures 20cm x 13cm. Most people find it fits well but if your face is very petite, you may wish to make some simple home-sewing adjustments to the elastic. We don’t recommend that our masks are worn by young children.
Please bear in mind that we are unable to offer refunds or receive returns on the masks due to the nature of the product. If you’re unsure about the sizing then we suggest you initially order the 2-pack instead of the 5-pack.
How do I clean the mask?
Wash your mask before first use and then, each time you wear it, you can wash it between 60-90ºC and wear again. Your high-quality mask will remain in excellent condition for at least 50 washes, and we recommend replacing it at that point for your comfort. This sustainable solution helps protect the environment as well as your health – a cornerstone of our ENJO philosophy.
How is ENJO supporting communities at this time?
The ENJO masks have been produced in response to the crisis and we’re proud to say that ENJO UK and our ENJOpreneurs have donated over £1,500 to Refuge from the sales of our masks – see our dedicated Just Giving page for more details.
We’ve also pledged to support those helping their communities get through this crisis by donating free masks to unsung local heroes, as nominated by our customers and ENJOpreneurs.