Since the Pandemic struck, we bloggers and influencers have gotten around reviewing various types of masks. Face pack masks, hair masks, eye masks and, off lately, the masks we use for protection from the recent virus. Initially, I had no idea about what kind of masks to buy in order to protect us from getting infected, because the one I bought from a medical store was completely netted and made no sense to even wear one.
Then I found that people were selling masks left, right and center; some that attracted people for the design and some for the cost. After a lot of research, I have curated this article in order to give you an idea of how to choose a good mask during this contagion.
QUALITIES OF A GOOD MASK (ACCORDING TO W.H.O.)
I will also tell you more about one of the masks I had received for review.
WHAT IS HEMP?
Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant whose derived products are used in industries. It is one of the fastest growing plants which has been spun to make fiber for many years. While one can grow hemp, for industrial or medicinal purposes, with a legal licence, the substance is banned in India because of its potential abuse.
Most of the villages in Uttarakhand are abandoned or filled with old men, women and children as the young men have travelled afar in search of better pastures. Therefore, farming has reduced drastically in the hills there. The Hemp Foundation has created opportunities for people living there. They have trained women in their traditional crafts and provided them with jobs as well as an identity. As hemp farming is less labour intensive, a number of women have been employed, empowered and encouraged to get involved with the same. This also includes marketing, quality control, sewing handlooms, retting of hemp plants and more.
To know more about the foundation or its services, you can visit their website and have a live chat with the team.
In order to avoid plastic and cotton, they have created masks made of hemp as hemp is more breathable than cotton. Hemp is also naturally resistant to microbes. The Hemp Foundation has also mentioned that their masks do not meet the N95 safety standards of being a Personal Protective Equipment. But, because of the natural medicinal properties of hemp, these masks are still safer than those made of ordinary cloth or synthetic fibers.
These masks are also biodegradable unlike those which use plastic. They have different types of thicknesses (250, 280 and 300 GSM) so you could choose one according to the crowds you face. For example, the police personnel could choose a thicker fabric (higher GSM) than I would, as they encounter more people in general. Hemp masks come in basic sizes (Small, Medium, Large) as well. In short, they are eco-friendly, organic and sourced ethically from farmers in India.
PROS ABOUT THE PRODUCTS I RECEIVED
CONS ABOUT THE PRODUCT I RECEIVED
To clean your hemp masks, first, soak them for 30 minutes in boiled water. Then soak them in detergent water for another 30 minutes. Then rinse, wash and hang to dry under the sun.
What is your criterion for choosing a mask? Would you buy the hemp masks in order to make a difference? Do let me know your honest views on hemp masks once you have read this article.
This blog is a part of the #LBWP – Let’s Blog with Pri, Season 2. You can check out the 5 Amazing Morning Drinks for Good Health in Surbhi’s blog here and the 50 restaurants that are open for dine-in (Delhi NCR) in Arti’s blog here. Enjoy!