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April 17, 2020

The cork mask, an alternative to the disposable mask!

For the past few weeks we have seen a real parade of masks in the streets! Paper masks, medical masks, fabric masks, plastic masks, even shoes or sanitary towels... When it comes to protection, people are overflowing with imagination! So we also wanted to make our contribution to this fashion show with the manufacture of a new type of mask, the cork mask, which like fabric masks represents an alternative to disposable masks. We tell you more in this article.

Cork what is it?

"Isn't cork what you use to cork wine bottles?"
That's right! Today, more than 80% of the world's cork production is used to make stoppers, but it also has many other uses. But first, a little culture! Cork is a natural substance which is made from the bark of the cork oak tree. The cork oak is a tree which grows in the countries of the Mediterranean basin (South of France, Spain, North Africa...). It's a excellent thermal and acoustic insulation and he is raincoat. Sa conservation over time is excellent. In fact, it is classified as one of the most durable organic materials. Sound maintenance is very easy and is done with soap and water.
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This is the cork we use to make our protective masks.

The major part of the world cork production is nowadays carried out by Portugal, followed by Spain and Algeria.

For a long time neglected because it was considered too obsolete, today we have learned to give it different aspects (colouring, varnishing...) in order to make it more popular.
Indeed, it is widely used nowadays in many fields such as fashion, decoration, construction ...

It is also an excellent alternative to leather.
Thus, in a world where materials of animal origin are finding it increasingly difficult to find their place, cork is a product of choice. Many cork-based products such as horse saddles and leather goods are emerging...

 

So why not use it today to fight the Coronavirus outbreak? In particular by using a cork mask?

Why is it important to find alternatives to disposable masks?

A disposable mask is a single-use mask, which means that it has to be thrown away after each use - logical!

The lifetime of a mask varies according to the type of mask but on average it is 4 hours.
So for a 12-hour day, 4 different masks should be used.
If we take the example of a Frenchman who spends 12 hours of his time outside per day (for work, shopping...) 5 days a week.
So we have a minimum of 20 masks per week.

Multiply that by the number of inhabitants in France... So we're going on the basis of several million masks per week!

 

France unable to supply masks

The first problem with this figure is France's ability to supply these masks.

Indeed, since the beginning of the epidemic we have been facing a shortage of disposable medical masks.
The president, Emmanuel Macron, announced during his visit to a mask manufacturing plant in Angers, that France will be able to produce 15 million masks per week by the end of April.

Unfortunately, this figure remains insufficient to cover the needs of the entire French population.

So it is essential to go through alternatives with notably reusable masks: fabric mask, leather mask, and our guest star the Liege mask.
All the alternatives are good to take!

 

The disposable mask and its impact on the environment

Second problem, less annoying in the short term, but whose long-term consequences should not be neglected! That of environmental impact.

Cause what happened to all those disposable masks?
If most of them are treated in waste centres, unfortunately a significant part of them are abandoned in nature.

In Hong Kong, for example, dozens and dozens of masks have been found on the beaches since the beginning of the epidemic.

anti-pollution cork mask

Why choose the reusable mask?

Thus with a reusable mask, the amount of waste is drastically reduced.

And this is all the more true with the cork mask, which by its excellent conservation makes it a long-lasting mask in time.

In addition, the cork mask is 100% natural; it is made from recycled cork stoppers and its exploitation does not require cutting down the entire tree. Indeed, to obtain cork, you simply have to extract the bark from the tree and then let the tree regenerate by itself!

Another important point, the cork mask is entirely produced in France, so we can remove all the negative impact of the import on the environment!
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The cork mask: how does it work?

We told you, cork is full of properties that are each more useful than the other!

It would therefore be a pity not to exploit this material with its many virtues in the Coronavirus crisis!

This is what we have done by using it as a raw material in the manufacture of masks. Let us explain the concept to you!

 

The concept of our Liege Mask

The cork mask consists of a cork front behind which is an approved fabric lining. This provides maximum protection against viruses. Moreover, it is changeable / washable!
Thus the insulating properties of cork and fabric are combined here to provide maximum protection.

Another positive point for our protection mask, all parts of the mask are reusable:

  • the fabric lining has to be changed and put in the washing machine;
  • the front is to be cleaned with a hydro-alcoholic gel or soap. It can even be washed in the washing machine without risk of damaging the cork!

The cork mask is therefore an excellent alternative to disposable masks, both in terms of protection and ecology!

Another plus of the cork mask... We add a colourful touch to it with the possibility of having a mask in its original colour, black, blue or natural! According to the wishes of each one.

In addition to being efficient and ecological, it is trendy!

You will have understood it, cork is THE alternative material to disposable masks, so don't wait any longer and adopt it!

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