Fabric Face Mask - Blue Floral

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Swap disposable face coverings for a stylish reusable one made from 100% fair trade cotton. This pretty blue floral design has a white cotton lining and is machine washable after use at 60°C. It is advised that you wash hands before putting on, as well as after use, and avoid touching the front of the covering where possible.

Key features include:-

Comfortable fit over nose and mouth
Made from two layers of soft, high-quality cotton
Easy to wear ear loops made with polyester covered elastic
Quick and easy to fit
Machine washable at 60°C

Designed in Scotland and hand made through a fair trade project in Vietnam.

Please note that this face covering is intended to provide some level of protection against the transmission of viruses to people within close proximity. It does not protect the wearer, nor is it PPE in terms of the relevant legislation.

Due to hygiene reasons, this product is supplied in a resealable plastic bag.  We regret we are unable to accept returns on this product.

One size. Measures approximately 15cm high x 24cm wide excluding ear loops. Measurements taken at largest points.

FAIR TRADE

Earth Squared fair trade bags and accessories are designed in the UK and handmade in Northern Vietnam by a fair trade certified organisation. Earth Squared has been working closely with this organisation since 2002. All employees are over 18 years old; are paid 4 times the national minimum wage and working conditions all abide by fair trade criteria.

Almost all of the artisans who make the products were originally rice farmers earning a subsistent, irregular and inconsistent wage. The rice farmers in Vietnam are very dependent on the weather and other environmental factors out of their control. Working from dawn until dusk the farmers are still unable to earn enough money to feed their families and send their children to school.

Working as a seamstress or in quality control, for example, a person can earn a good standard of living and also send their children to school and on to higher education. In addition producers pay national insurance for each staff member that covers medical costs and provides a pension for retirement all of which is above the national legal requirements.

All of the women working are trained on the job at a workshop in Hanoi. Each person is encouraged to progress and learn new skills so that they can be promoted. The working conditions at the workshops are clean and safe and the staff have regular breaks and days off work. There is flexibility for mothers who breastfeed as well as a system in place for women who are unable to come to work due to a child being ill and off school for example.

Earth Squared have also worked with partners to create a workshop for women with minor disabilities (and who might otherwise find limited opportunities for work) where all of their purses are made. The company gives disadvantaged women the opportunity and support to improve their lives through secure work, training and a healthy working life giving them financial security and self confidence.

Earth Squared is a registered member of the British Association of Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS).

NB The cotton canvas used in the oil cloth bags is coated with polyurethane which gives it the wipe-clean and water-resistant features.

The idea for Earth Squared came after founder, Alison Henderson, returned from two years’ volunteering in social projects in Guatemala. Passionate about social justice and with a head for business, Alison wanted to start a fair trade business with an emphasis very much on blending modern design with traditional weaving and embroidery skills. The result is a range of ethically made fashion accessories that appeal to all ages.

All Earth Squared products are designed at their offices in the market town of Haddington near Edinburgh, and produced through a fair trade project in Northern Vietnam.

The Company is a registered member of the British Association of Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS).