The Truth About Face Masks and Chemicals
Most people wear face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones from disease. Few people consider that the same mask that guards against viruses and bacteria is very likely coated in dangerous chemicals that can be inhaled into one’s lungs. The fabrics used to make masks typically contain various chemicals designed to make the fabric more comfortable or to give it properties it does not ordinarily have. Meryl face masks are chemical-free making them safe to wear all day long.
What Types of Chemicals Are in Face Masks?
There are more than 8,000 carcinogenic chemicals used in fabrics. The chemicals and fabrics listed below are the most common found in materials used for face masks.
- Formaldehyde - Most fabrics contain formaldehyde to prevent the material from wrinkling, developing mold, and fading. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen and allergen that irritates the skin and may cause an allergic reaction.
- Cotton - Although cotton is considered a natural material, it’s often treated with toxic dyes, pesticides to ward off insects, and chemical coatings that make the fabric bright and shiny.
- Polyester - Polyester is a fabric made from petroleum, a by-product of oil. Not only is polyester laden with chemicals, it doesn’t allow skin to breathe and often causes rashes and skin irritation.
- Acrylics - From sweaters to scarves to face masks, fabrics made from acrylic contain dimethylformamide, which is a chemical known to cause damage to the liver.
Not only are these chemicals not anything you want to be breathing into your lungs, they contaminate the environment when you dispose of or even simply wash your face mask.
Meryl Fabrics are Chemical-Free and Made from Scratch
Meryl’s face masks contain naturally derived silver ions for antimicrobial and antiviral protection that doesn’t wash out in the laundry. The antimicrobial effect of Meryl masks has been measured by independent laboratories to consistently provide 99.9% protection even after 100 washes. Antimicrobial sprays used on other fabrics lose effectiveness after only a few washes, leaving you unprotected. We make the Nylon 66 yarn for our face masks from scratch, ensuring its quality and purity from the ground up.
Visit our collection of chemical-free and comfortable face masks to protect yourself and others from viruses while keeping chemicals out of your lungs and the environment.