Our masks are designed to cover from nose to chin, whilst sitting away from the mouth. In addition to the shaped design, it is reinforced with a plastic insert at the front seam for optimum comfort. Our masks fasten with binding ties. This enables you to put on your mask only touching the ties. Each of our premium masks comes with 2 removable & reusable filters.
On Thursday 23 April 2020 President Ramaphosa encouraged every South African to wear a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19. And while many local textile companies are gearing up to produce these masks Ciovita have used their R&D department to create a non-medical cloth mask, that is practical for South Africans to use every day.
We didn’t start with a template, instead looking at the design of the mask from the ground up. Their R&D team consisting of product developers, designers and pattern-makers set about creating a prototype, that was not only practical - with features such as a removable filter and non-elastic straps to make them more robust, but also supremely comfortable - with a shapeable nose bridge and a curved construction to keep the mask from touching the mouth and nose.
Some of the advanced fabrics used in the masks are the same ones found in our cycling kit including a hydrophobic fabric to prevent moisture build up in the mask. The mask is designed to be reusable with the design able to withstand repeated warm washes, while the disposable filter should be replaced after 10 – 20 washes.
The masks are available in printed three packs with six filters and four packs of plain masks for R300. For every pack sold Ciovita will be donating 1 mask to Velokhaya. Velokhaya are an organisation who use the sport of cycling to provide opportunities to children living in marginalized communities. They are using their existing networks to provide food, masks and cleaning products to 850 families across the Cape Peninsula.
Staff safety is of paramount importance and Ciovita are taking drastic steps to ensure their staff have less risk of exposure to the virus. These include social distancing, split shifts, staggered tea breaks, and disinfecting of facilities between shifts.
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