All our 4-layer bamboo masks have officially been tested and scientifically proven to be more efficient at filtering out airborne particles than one-time use disposable masks.
Here is the experimental set-up with the dummy head + bamboo mask used for testing and the experimental apparatus. ADKN Masks showed a high breathability factor and O2 intake remains unchanged with a flow of 100%.
The optical microscopy images showed that ADKN masks, as a result of their unique 4 layer design and composition, are less porous compared to disposable masks. This could explain their improved performance after the first use as they provide a physical barrier against the particulates, whereas with the disposable masks the particulates eventually break through.
ADKN Masks average a filtration efficiency of 55-60% in the first hour of wear and 70-80% thereafter with prognosed increase.
Disposable masks filtering efficiency over 3 consecutive tests
Disposable masks average a filtration efficiency of 50% in the first hour, with the efficiency significantly fluctuating and dropping drastically within the first 20 minutes of wear. After the first 1 hour, the efficiency of disposable masks averages around 60%.
Did you know...
Surgical mask is embodied with 59 g CO2-eq per single unit? So in general if an average working person need to change a mask 6 times per day, it contributes to 354 CO2-eq per person. Now imagine the stress we are putting on the environment around us as most of them end up either in landfill or contributes to waste in our waters. [Science Direct]
“Recent studies estimate that we use an astounding 129 billion face masks globally every month -- that is 3 million a minute. Most of them are disposable face masks made from plastic microfibers.” [Science Daily]
The use of a single disposable mask per day could lead to “over 124,000 tons of unrecyclable plastic waste, 66,000 tons of contaminated waste and 57,000 tons of plastic packaging” in the UK.
Our masks not only protect more, but the reduced environmental footprint of their production (800L less water, 0.7 Kg less CO2, 2.8 kWh less energy) makes the purchase of each of our masks a more sustainable choice both for yourself and the environment!
So, what will your choice be?
Here’s what some of our customers have to say:
"Simply amazing and nothing less. Received mine today and cannot recommend enough!! I have glasses and found all other masks steam up my lenses. I have to use medical grade face masks daily at work and these are better for comfort and don’t stop me being able to see due to my glasses steaming up, very well made. I am also asthamatic, they are easy to breath in and worth every penny, will be ordering more for the family" - Doreen
“Brilliant quality and seeing as the masks have survived well over 30 washes they are very good value for money” - Alistair Warren-Thomas
“Brilliant mask, the best one I have purchased and I have a few! The adjustable ear loops make them much more comfortable and if I nip the nose in and put my glasses on top they do not steam up as much. They are also a lot more breathable then some of the others I have” - Eva
“I have a very sensitive skin and can get irritation very easily. These masks so far have been very good, no rash. It also keeps me very cool. I think the organic materials really make a difference.” - Adam