With our new addition of customizable 100% Cotton 2-ply face masks, Puddle Bear is committed to promoting public health and safety by providing its customers a low-cost, effective, and quality product. One way we are doing this is by offering a face mask product that is washable and reusable for continued use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*1, using cloth face coverings are recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. When a medical face mask is not an option, using a 2-layer cotton face mask can help further reduce the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 compared to a single-layer mask*2-3.
Using empirical research to reduce the spread of airborne viruses and bacteria, Puddle Bear’s decision to sell a customizable face mask product is to provide the public an affordable option that can safeguard your health as well as others. From our experience in customizing and selling various types of clothing, we chose to use 100% Cotton 2-ply face masks and not sublimated-able polyester face masks because a double layered cotton face mask is lighter in weight and can provide added protection with better breathability. Using a polyester face mask is heavier, can increase sweating, and has reduced breathability.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020). Recommendation regarding the use of cloth face coverings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
2 Abd-Elsayed, A., & Karri, J. (2020). Utility of substandard face mask options for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 1-3. doi: 10.1213/ane.0000000000004841
3 Konda, A., Prakash, A., Moss, G. A., Schmoldt, M., Grant, G. D., & Guha, S. (2020). Aerosol filtration efficiency of common fabrics in respiratory cloth masks. ACS Nano, A-I. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.0c03252