Jen - featured left - was the first team member to suggest we use our excess fabric to make masks. She also researched the pattern and sewed the first batch of 200. She's an awesome woman and a key member of etee's production team. Since the Covid-crisis she's been staying home a couple days a week to help with her kids and so this sewing project is one way she can stay involved while this crisis continues.
Our masks are made by etee in the Greater Toronto Area, so you can rest assured that we adhere to the highest standards of manufacturing, quality and fair treatment for everyone involved.
There has been a lot of debate about mask wearing - some scientific and some cultural. The opinions vary depending on the Country of origin, but recently, western experts are starting to embrace the idea of using masks or cloth face coverings. And while N95 'medical' grade masks should be reserved for front line healthcare workers, cotton masks such as these are gaining support in helping to flatten the curve, particularly for people who are sick, but don't have symptoms..
"Writing last month, Adrien Burch, an expert in microbiology at the University of California, noted that "despite hearing that face masks 'don't work,' you probably haven't seen any strong evidence to support that claim. That's because it doesn't exist. In fact, there is evidence of the exact opposite: that masks help prevent infections...."
Based on the research, face masks are much more likely to help than to hurt," according to Burch. "Even if it's just a homemade cloth mask, if you wear it correctly and avoid touching it, the science suggests that it won't hurt you and will most likely reduce your exposure."(CNN, James Griffiths, April 1, 2020)
What's more: "The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now advising Americans to voluntarily wear a basic cloth or fabric face mask when they go out to help curb the spread...” (Los Angeles Times, April 3, 2020)
My partner and I have different face shapes/sizes, but he and I both love them. Comfortable Cotton on the face, good shape with wire at the nose, and adjustable ear loops are great. Ordering more!
I have tried many masks. These are the most comfortable and nicest looking. They are organic! I do NOT like masks that are synthetic, have who knows what chemicals in them, and feel weird on my face. THANK YOU for making these.
Of the various masks I've tried, I like these the best. Good coverage. Fabric is not too hot in DC summertime. Adjustable straps and nosepiece make the fit very comfortable. Also, I just happen to love the colors!
Each mask is double layered with organic cotton, elastic loops and a built in pocket for replaceable filters. They are reusable and washable, and do not contribute to the global mask shortage.
These filters are the standard for mask filtration - made with activated carbon and non-woven melt-blown filter cloth. After much debate, we decided on a disposable filter in light of our unique health situation. The five-layer filter system is not meant to be reused or washed. To use, insert the PM2.5 filter along the inside of the mask.
NOTE: After much consideration, we have decided to ship these filters in a plastic bag to avoid any contamination.
Each mask is double layered with organic cotton, adjustable elastic loops and a built in pocket for replaceable filters. They are reusable and washable, and do not contribute to the global mask shortage.
400 ml / 13.5oz per pod
Washing your hands thoroughly with soap is more effective than using hand sanitizer." (The New York Times, March 11, 2020), Each biodegradable pod holds our all-natural, bio-based concentrated hand soap, made with 100% plant-based ingredients and lemongrass essential oil. Free from sulphates, SLS, phthalates, sulphites, synthetics & colourants. Each 40ml pod makes 13.5oz/400ml of liquid hand soap.
400 ml / 13.5oz per pod
More effective against viruses than hand sanitizers. Each biodegradable pod holds our all-natural, bio-based concentrated hand soap, made with 100% plant-based ingredients and lemongrass essential oil. Free from sulphates, SLS, phthalates, sulphites, synthetics & colourants. Each 40ml pod makes 13.5oz/400ml of liquid hand soap.
Plus a perfect dispenser to make your new dish soap into!
Hand sanitizer is a quick action you can take to flatten the curve. There are some limitations though:
So we developed our Soap-on-the-go kits. They come with 3 organic travel soap bars, 1 organic beeswaxed (water resistant) travel bag & 1 reusable (cellulose) paper towel. Combined with a dedicated water bottle, it's great for after doing groceries, at the gas pump or any time the hands you love need a soapy, dependable clean.
400 ml / 13.5oz per pod
No plastic bottles, no plastic scouring pads, no polyester dish cloths. Featuring etee's original, - all-natural, - dish soap concentrate, etee's original LOOFIE scouring pad (half loofah, half cellulose dish cloth, sewn with cotton thread) and a cellulose dish cloth that is a perfect replacement for paper towel and cotton cloths because it is ultra absorbent, it dries 10x faster than cotton and it won't get smelly! Each dish soap pod makes 13oz/400ml of liquid dish soap!
Each biodegradable pod holds our all-natural, bio-based concentrated dish soap, made with 100% plant-based ingredients. Free from SLS, Phthalates, Sulphites, Sulphates, Synthetics, Colourants and Fragrance. Each 40ml pod makes 13oz/400ml of liquid dish soap.
Most floss is made from plastic and teflon. Who wants that between their teeth? Not us, so we made this! Each spool contains 30 metres (over 33 yards) of Peace Silk with candelilla wax and natural peppermint oil floss. Choose a pack with jar + refills or just refills if you've already got a jar!
Less Brushing Waste - NEW Bamboo Toothbrushes with Replaceable Heads. Plant-based bristles that are soft, but brush like pros. Different coloured toothbrushes means no confusion! Let's get brushin'!
With 11 grams (.39oz) of natural, moisturizing lip balm you get 2.5x the typical 4.25 gram (.14oz) tubes you'd find at your local drug store - except without that nasty plastic tube! It's all housed in a biodegradable paper tube - good for you, great for our planet.
Hand & Body Soap Bars are handmade using the cold press method and are 85% - 95% certified organic (depending on the bar that you choose). Learn more...
Great for dishes, but also a fantastic paper towel replacement - absorbs up to 15 times its weight! etee cellulose cloths are 100% natural, made of wood & cotton cellulose, dishwasher & washing machine safe and completely compostable. But what we love most is that they dry 10x faster than cotton, which means they won't get stinky, even after months of use!
Combining the gentle scrubbing power of the fibrous loofah plant and the spongy cellulose-cotton cloth. Sewn together using cotton thread, making for reusable & biodegradable dish cleaning with absolutely no plastic. What does that mean? 100% biodegradable, a low carbon footprint and NO MORE MICROPLASTICS DOWN YOUR DRAIN!
Grab one of our 16 oz glass mason jars with either a stainless steel pour-spout lid or a highly requested stainless steel pump with a plastic straw (this pump has the least plastic that we could source and is offered only due to popular demand).
Either option is easy to use, slick, classy and looks great on your kitchen counter.
Say goodbye to plastic wrap & bulky storage containers. Preserve your food and protect your family - naturally - with our reusable etee foodwraps.
A natural alternative to plastic produce & zippy bags. Great for larger items like kale, lettuce & bread. Super easy to use.
IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTE: These are non-medical masks and do not provide the same health protection as regulated N95 respirators or surgical masks. Please remember to continue practicing social distancing, washing your hands and refraining from touching your face. Follow the latest advice of the CDC and your own health care professionals regarding the best ways to keep you, your family and friends, and the general public safe.
We expect to be able to ship your masks within 1-2 weeks from the date you place your order. We ship all orders in FIFO fashion (First in, First out). This means that the sooner you place your order, the sooner you will receive your masks!
Put the mask on and take it off by holding the elastics. Avoid touching the front of the mask, and avoid touching it while it’s on your face. Insert a filter of your choice (this is optional, but does offer additional protection). Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your mask. If you inserted a disposable filter, be sure to remove it before placing your mask directly in the washing machine, and wash your hands! Hang your mask in a clean, dry place to air dry. Refer to the blog below for more information: https://www.shopetee.com/blogs/news/how-to-properly-wear-a-face-mask
Our masks are made from 100% organic woven cotton, elastic loops, and offer a sewn in pocket for a replaceable filter of your choice. They are reusable and washable, and therefore do not contribute to the global shortage of medical masks, while providing an alternative to single use synthetic masks.
We're still researching the best types of filters to use in a cloth mask. From coffee filters, to blue shop towels, to paper towel - the link below offers some really great suggestions for materials you might already have lying around your house.
Canada's top doctor says non-medical masks can help stop the spread of COVID-19:
CDC recommends Americans wear masks:
CDC info on proper use and care of a cotton Face Mask: