“We should cut up our vacuum bags and turn them into face mask inserts”.
The team was in shock. Some were skeptical. We have been making vacuums for over thirty years and have never ventured into the realm of face mask inserts.
But as the reality of COVID-19 was exponentially increasing across the world, many people began reaching out to us to ask what we could do to help. Meetings began with our local hospital and other people needed masks. We brainstormed and realized that although we are a vacuum manufacturer, we are filter experts. After testing and finding that vacuum filter bags work for breathing through, CEO Spencer Loveless said, “Let’s cut them up and get to work. All hands on deck.”
The filter in question is our Wunderbag. The filter is not HEPA – but we knew it was still incredibly good at filtering. It is made from polyester and polypropylene in alternating semi-porous layers. If it were made into a mask, the two layers of the bag overlaid would exceed 95% efficiency at 0.3 microns. To see the third party testing data on double layer masks, please click here.
With our own warehouse well stocked with Wunderbags, we realized we had plenty of materials just sitting in our warehouse for making mask inserts. Now we just had to make something out of them.
Making The Face Mask Inserts
The process is remarkably easy. Our bags have a port – remove the port and you now have a large spread of material to work with. Our team measured out the mask inserts into 4″x5″ and 5″x6″ squares then ran them through a sonic welder.
The sonic welder seals seams around all four edges of the face mask insert. Large portions of our production team to assignments working in the sewing room turned face mask insert room. Wearing protective equipment to ensure the masks were not contaminated, our production team began cranking them out.
Getting The Word Out
We wanted to donate masks. In a world where business and sales become everything, the good that has come from such a terrible pandemic is the ability for people everywhere to work together for a common good.
As soon as our masks were ready, we created a landing page. This allowed donations across the U.S. via filled out form. People in need can simply contact us and we will send them out – free of charge.
Locals soon heard of a box outside our building. Each day it was stocked with mask inserts – they simply needed to pull up and grab some for their family, free of charge.
Inquiries began coming in about buying in bulk quantities, which we attempted to provide at a reasonable price.
Get Your Filter Mask Inserts
Months into this crisis, we are still donating mask inserts. On our website, we have templates for people to make their own homemade masks that will fit the inserts we are making.
If you are in need, follow this link to learn more and to fill out a donation form: https://www.dustlesstools.com/lnd/masks/
Our hearts go out to those who have suffered or lost loved ones during this crisis. It is our sincere hope that you remain healthy, happy, and safe during these trying times.