The unprecedented global demand for face masks fueled by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has created issues from hoarding and price gouging, to health risks such as reusing of single-use disposable masks and potential shortages for those who need them most.
As a company that values our people as the most important asset, Esquel Group has taken immediate and effective preventive measures to maintain the highest level of workplace safety since the outbreak of the epidemic. At the same time, we have been working tirelessly for a quick and intermediate solution to address the problem of face-mask shortage in the communities where we operate. Today we are excited to announce the initial launch of YiJiaRen Mask, a pilot project to manufacture reusable masks.
YiJiaRen Mask, which translates to "One Esquel family", is a unique cotton mask that is washable and reusable for up to 30 times. It is a three-ply cloth mask designed with an outer layer made with our woven fabric treated to have an anti-viral and anti-bacterial surface. The treated fabric has been tested to be effective against certain viruses and bacteria by multiple laboratories in Guangdong province. It is also coated with water-repelling materials against droplets from penetrating or remaining on the surface. The middle layer is made of non-woven Polypropylene material to increase filtration ability, and an inner layer is made of cotton-lycra jersey fabric to improve comfort.
We hope our product can provide people with a reasonable level of protection, reduce the use of disposable masks which can then go to those who need them most, as well as alleviate the level of waste and impact to the environment.