More Than A Barrier
The Best Darn Mask is made in the USA out of cotton coated with a carbon nano particle called Polypyrrole (poly-pie-roll) or PPy. PPy has been used for years as a smart textile that conducts electricity. The inventor of our mask has used it as the heating element to warm operating beds in surgical rooms.
The best part of this material is it's inherent ability to be anti-microbial. The material has been proven effective against bacteria such as E-coli and Staphylococcus Aurelia and viruses like influenza.
It's self disinfecting and can be washed if it gets soiled.
That means when you touch it to adjust it the mask self-cleans. With any other mask if you touch it you contaminate it!
We have testing being done at Colorado State University in their Level 3 Bio-Safety Laboratory against COVID-19 and expect results in the summer of 2020.
We know that COVID-19 like influenza is an envelope virus and we expect that it will kill COVID on contact.
Best Darn Mask Story
Best Darn Mask was founded out of Pete Gazlay's search for protection for his 100 commercial cleaning team members during the COVID pandemic. N-95 and disposable surgical masks were impossible to purchase. He had purchased cotton surgical masks for his team, but as he hired more people and the cotton masks started to wear out he was looking for a better solution.
He found Kent Ellis who came up with the idea of making an operating table warm after his mother came out of a surgery freezing cold and took hours to warm back up. He uses polypyrrole material as his heating element in the beds and the smart fabric happens to be anti-microbial. Kent thought what if he made a mask from this material and the Best Darn Mask was born!
Kent attended Colorado State University in the 1970's and Pete attended in the 1980's. There was lots of research on the antimicrobial properties of PPy, but none on its efficacy against SARS CoV2 the virus behind COVID-19. More frustrating Kent couldn't find a lab to test it.
Pete used their CSU bond and his local connections in Fort Collins, CO to find a researcher at Colorado State University. Dr. Nicole Kruh-Garcia is leading the study on the PPY material for COVID-19. Ironically the Level 3 Bio-Safety Laboratory is waiting on PPE so the testing can be conducted. We've heard the PPE is on the way and tests to should be starting soon (Updated 5/21/2020).
Pete and Kent saw how a mask that made of PPy was so different from everything else on the market.
This smart fabric barrier mask protects on two levels. If the wearer is symptomatic the microbes are captured inside the mask and killed by the PPy. When the wearer is around other people any potential microbes from the carrier are killed on contact with the outside of the PPy mask.
The mask can be worn comfortably for extended periods of time. It can be laundered or autoclaved and reused. One study washed the mask 65 times at 175 degrees Fahrenheit and the PPy material retained it’s effectiveness.
Because it can be laundered this mask can eliminate shortages around PPE. It is greener for the environment as compared to a disposable masks.
During the pandemic there has been a shortage of PPE for medical and frontline workers. This compelled Kent to make sure the product was Made In The USA. This creates essential jobs and assures the supply chain is uninterrupted keeping our workers safe.
Pete saw that if front line workers had a mask they could wear everyday that could keep them healthy and was washable, the combination could greatly relieve the PPE shortage and prioritize medical masks to our healthcare workers. The Best Darn Mask is the product of these creative efforts.
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Best Darn Science...
Polypyrrole the smart fabric that the Best Darn Mask is made from is produced over a 13 hour process where the PPy is infused into and throughout the cotton base.
Polypyrrole is a conjugated polymer that exerts an antibacterial action thanks to positive charges on its backbone chain produced during it synthesis. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0928493118332314
There is some evidence that polypyrrole mediates binding of viral particles from aqueous media. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1134/S2070205116020118
Influenza - “Nontoxic metal—polymer composites reduce considerably the concentrations of human flu viruses A(H1N1), A(H3N2), and B and bird flu virus A(H5N2) with different structures of surface virion proteins in aqueous media at a sorbent concentration of 10–20 mg/mL in the temperature range from +4 to 37°C.”
Polypyrrole showed excellent antibacterial properties (100 % of bacterial reduction) against Escherichia coli for both doping agents.
These results suggest that mask material impregnated with metal-polymer composites may provide a benefit in terms of creating an improved barrier to virus particle movement through the material.
Best Darn Logo...
With orders of 20 or more we'll put your logo on the left side of the mask. All we need is a high resolution image. This can be full color. This is a great way to create a consistent look for your staff so everyone knows who is behind the mask! This gives you one more level of comfort knowing your team is easily identified by a consistent professional look.
Best Darn Giving...
At Best Darn Masks we give 10% of our profits to local non-profits. We'd love to partner with you on a fund raising mask for your foundation or favorite non-profit. You supply the logo or saying and we'll make the masks. You can pre-sell them to your network and supporters. Let's get creative so we can make more to give more!