Renowned water sports apparel brand Rash’R has expanded its business by offering to produce eco-friendly, reusable face masks with filters, for the general public with €2 of the proceeds per mask going to the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association (ILFA).
The face masks have received the thumbs-up from Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio who posted about them on Instragram.
The innovative Cork company first came on the scene in 2017, launching brightly coloured rash vests, compression tops, boardshorts and caps made from recycled ocean waste.
In an effort to think outside the box as a result of a temporary decline in their core business, Rash’R is now using the materials they traditionally used in the production of these items to produce washable face masks.
"In response to the current pandemic, we have committed to utilising our wide international network and considerable industry experience to source reliable good quality, eco-friendly materials in the fight against Covid-19 at realistic cost by working directly with top manufacturers," Tom Cotter, CEO and founder of Rash’R said.
"The masks have been manufactured using recycled polyester at just under medical grade standard so will not be interfering with the supply of PPE equipment for healthcare workers.
"However, the masks will be suitable to those in a general work and public environment as businesses slowly begin to open their doors again based on public health guidelines," the Carrigaline native explained.
Rash’R is also donating €2 from the sale of every mask to the Irish Lung Fibrosis Foundation.
"We chose to donate €2 from every mask sold to the Irish Lung Fibrosis Foundation given the significant number of members suffering from respiratory diseases at the moment, a lot of their members would suffer from symptoms very similar to Covid-19 constantly and with our masks helping to protect the lungs, it felt like a good fit for us," Tom said.
The Rash’R face masks have also recently been liked by actor Leonardo DiCaprio who posted about them on his Instagram Stories.
The face masks are machine washable and reusable and are manufactured in two sizes – an adult one-size-fits most version and one for children aged 3-10 years.
Rash’R has teamed up with a number of their European manufacturers to produce the masks– and up to 25,000 can be produced with a lead time of three weeks, with company-specific branding also available.