With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to rage on closer to home than ever and a six-week lockdown enforced across all of metropolitan Melbourne, you could be forgiven for feeling fairly disheartened about the state of our hometown (and the rest of the world). However, throughout history, humans have bravely conquered adversity time and time again, and hopefully this pandemic will prove to be no different. While we have witnessed the chaos of panic buying and the disappointment of political mismanagement throughout this time, there have also been incredible moments of kindness, compassion and empathy. Renewed commitments to supporting local businesses and looking out for the elderly and vulnerable members of our society have become more prevalent than ever, and perhaps from this crisis, we will emerge a stronger, more unified community determined to make the world a better place. With this in mind, HEW Clothing is excited to offer reusable masks constructed from ultra-soft cotton and linen and featuring exclusive prints from previous collaborations. Wearing a mask outside of your home will becomemandatory in Melbourne frommidnight Wednesday 22nd July for the foreseeable future, which, while daunting, also provides a unique opportunity to express yourself as you would another piece of clothing.
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Introducing the HEW cloth face masks made from our exclusive prints. 3 Layers of natural breathable cotton/spandex and linen. These masks are not a replacement for the medical grade masks however they help prevent you from touching your face and spreading germs. Please take precautions when fitting your mask to ensure it is worn properly. You can find more information on the World Health Organisation. Preorders are open, dispatch will be Next Week - Express postage and contactless pick up available. Adult and children masks $24 Made in Melbourne. Stay safe everyone! #fabricmask #clothfacemask #clothfacemasks #materialmask
So, how does one wear a fabric mask? While our HEW Clothing masks are not guaranteed to protect you against the Coronavirus, they will act as a reliable barrier that will effectively prevent you from touching your face while being worn, and will also help protect others from any fluids you may be expelling as you go about your daily activities. But in order for the masks to work, they need to be worn properly and always combined with other measures to protect yourself and those around you. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the following steps are required for safe and proper mask-wearing:
For our fabulous HEW Clothing masks, we recommend washing on a hot wash and using a hot iron (with clean hands of course) before putting it on for the day. Our masks have been designed as a one-size-fits-all (with a smaller option for children) that feature high quality elastic for the bands that can easily be tied for a better fit (as these are not medical grade, a very tight seal should not be expected). They also feature three layers of fabric –two of which comprise tightly woven cotton and the third a soft inner layer of either cotton or linen. The front and back of the mask is identifiable based on the printed fabrics and there is an inner pocket should you wish to insert an air filter. Proudly made in Melbourne, these gorgeous masks will help you comply with the laws coming into effect, reduce your waste by eliminating the need for disposable masks and also allow you to self-express freely.
Stay safe everyone and wear a mask!