nano silicon eco mask

Have you heard of Nano-silicon face masks?

One of our most popular face masks is the Nano-silicon Eco Mask which has three layers coated in nano-silicon antibacterial solution, the mask is biodegradable, reusable and self-cleans while you wear it due its protective coating. It retains its antibacterial properties even after 50 washes making it a cost effective premium face covering.

The roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine is amazing news, and whilst it means there’s light at the end of the tunnel, we’ve actually still got some way to go. Indeed, it could be months before we can finally hug our friends and social distancing is relegated to being just a bad memory, which means we are still going to have to wear face masks in 2021.

Ditch the disposables

Disposable face masks have become a blight on the environment. More than 100 million are thrown away every week in the UK alone, yet the majority of people who wear them are unaware that they’re made of single use plastic. They are not recyclable, and have become the new scourge of the countryside; old masks and PPE equipment are frequently found littering the country. Not only do single-use masks take thousands of years to break down, they also release harmful microplastics into our waterways.

It is therefore important that as many of us as possible opt for reusable face masks. Indeed, many people have been creative with leftover materials and homemade cotton masks are a common sight on our streets. However, if you would like greater protection, with three layers of nano-silicon antibacterial protection, we have a very effective and eco-friendly solution.

What is Nano-Silicon?

So here’s the science, nano-dispersion technology is used to dip onto all 3 layers in 25mm of nano-silicon solution. As a result, the mask surface is a photocatalytic antimicrobial, it absorbs light and reduced reactive oxygen species (ROS). These powerful microbicides can kill viruses and bacteria and other harmful pathogens by breaking down the bacteria cell wall and attacking its DNA ensuring that they die and cannot reproduce. Nano-silicon face masks are all made from 100% cotton, which means they’re biodegradable and recyclable. Each mask is made of three layers of densely woven cotton fabric, and each layer is sprayed with nano-silicon which sterilises the fabric, killing 99.9% of bacteria that land on the mask.

Quills Nano-Silicon Eco Antibacterial Face Mask

Given that a single layer mask can block 80-90% of bacteria alone, a triple layer mask one will be even more effective. Peace of mind and enhanced protection is also provided with the antibacterial coated fabric which also helps prevent cross contamination each time you put the mask on and task it off.

The antibacterial coating on the layers means that the mask doesn’t need to be washed after every use as it is actually ‘self-cleaning’ due to the antibacterial coating…genious! In fact, you can wear it for up to seven days (for short periods), or 24 hours continuously before needing to wash it. Laboratory tests have shown that the masks’ antibacterial properties are still 99% effective for up to 50 washes.

In addition, the masks do not contain bleach, fluorescent agents or chemical additives, making them safer for human use as well as safer for the environment.

Save money and the environment

Not only are reusable face masks better for the environment, they also work out a lot cheaper than disposables. If worn for a few hours a day, for a week and then washed, the mask will last for a minimum of 350 days and cost around 3 p per day, as opposed to approximately £1 per day for a disposable mask. And at the end of its life, a nano-silicon face mask can be recycled; a disposable mask can’t. Reusable face masks are by far the better option for the environment and our pockets!

Brand your own Nano Silicon Face Mask

If you work for a well-known retail brand or simply want to promote your business, you can have your brand embroidered on the nano mask (minimum order quantities apply). So whether you purchase them plain, or brand them with your own logo for use by your staff or gifts for your clients, our nano-silicon branded face masks are a great choice. Available in sky blue or black and as a rectangle or 3D shape.

They are an essential alternative to disposable face masks that will help protect you, your colleagues, family and friends, but also help protect the environment from PPE litter.

 

Sustainability & Environmental Commitment

Eco purchasing for your office products

At Quills, we take sustainability very seriously. As a company, we have introduced a number of steps to increase our own environmental commitment, as well as sourcing products that have environmental credentials to satisfy growing customer demand. 

These days, eco-friendly and sustainable office supplies are more plentiful, making them easier to find and cheaper to buy. Being environmentally aware is no longer an additional expense which your company will find hard to justify, so we’ve made it easier for you to choose green office products with our website’s new Eco-Friendly Office Supplies section and Eco-Aware Search & Filter function. 

This makes it quick and easy for you to choose products with green credentials, as well as products to encourage your staff to recycle. When you think of eco-friendly stationery, recycled paper is the product that springs to mind. But there are many more, sometimes surprising, products that will help you embrace sustainability in the stationery cabinet. These include ballpoint pens that have been largely created with recycled plastics, recyclable packing tape, lever arch files made from recycled PVC, and recycled and recyclable labels, not to mention recyclable recycling bins

There are some products that have always been recyclable that find themselves in the limelight again after years of being considered somewhat second best to their now frowned-upon plastic counterparts. The humble paper cup, for example, or a wooden broom with which to make a green clean sweep. Some traditional products are now going even further, with the advent of biodegradable paper plates and compostable cutlery.  

Our sustainable purchasing solutions will help you in a number of ways. These include adding green icons in our catalogue; providing eco alternatives to products you regularly order from us; recycling batteries, technology and toners; and offering Replaceable Ink Pack Systems (RIPS) technology. This is part of our CSR commitment to minimise our own environmental impact, which also includes using recyclable cardboard packaging materials, minimising delivery routes and offsetting carbon emissions through the World Land Trust. At head office, we recycle paper, cardboard, plastics and toner cartridges; encourage staff to minimise the amount of paper they use; and even use glass milk bottles. 

Look for the green icons

When you’re looking through our catalogue, you’ll notice that we use icons to show where a product has environmental credentials. The ones to look out for are the green leaf symbol, which shows that a product has greener credentials, and the green recycling symbol which shows that paper has been made from recycled content. To find out more about a labelled product’s eco-credentials, check the Specifications at the bottom of the product description page.