Scrambling – New products and adapting existing products has been the reality for many businesses.
We were asked by many of our food manufacturing clients if we could source face masks – The stars aligned, and we found a quality reliable NZ made source. We want to share the story of how these came about.
The lockdown has for many individuals and companies meant pay cuts, loss of income, quality staff let go and even business closures.
One SME soft furnishing manufacturer was facing the same issues as everyone else. After noticing hundreds of reusable masks and gloves going from a bin to a rubbish truck Chris the Managing Director decided he was in the ideal position to help his business, his staff, the public and the environment. This is when the professional NZ made, reusable Cotton/Polypropylene/Linen face mask idea was born.
With minimal time to get things underway using the highly skilled team hundreds of prototypes were developed. Then came the days of wash testing, spray testing the barrier effectiveness, trying different elastic positioning, and tensioning options until they settled on a final design.
The task then was to become an Essential Service Supplier, with this Chris went about finding distribution channels. The stars aligned and Chris being a friend of Vacpack and knowing our clients in Food Manufacturing & Service would need his product offered the face masks to us just as we were being asked to supply them.
With Vacpack and another distributor on board he began supply hundreds of masks to Essential Service businesses & the general public. With a letter to the right people Chris was all approved as an essential service provider.
The hard work paid off, as the need for the product has grown Chris has contracted out work to another soft furnishing business. With the innovation, and quick thinking these masks have assisted several businesses and staff ticking over while supplying a quality product to NZ and even sending some to Australia as requested.
We are so proud to be a small part of the great story that helps in so many ways.
The comfortable, washable, reusable face masks have a triple layer design consisting of a breathable 100% linen outer, a polypropylene non-woven barrier core and a 100% white cotton lining. Elastic straps fit behind the head, so you can comfortably wear the mask for extended periods.
The reuse factor reduces the volume of single-use masks ending up in New Zealand landfills. Treat it like another item of clothing, which you wash at the end of the day, and have ready for the next time you need it.
You can get yours online now
Finally, a huge THANK YOU to all the food producers, supermarket workers and medical professionals who are going to extra efforts to care for our communities.
Thanks for having our backs, we have yours too.