Fully recyclable, washable and sustainable UK mask brand, 1TcA, launched in the UK. Masks treated with this ground-breaking technology are durable and don’t need to be washed daily. They only need to be washed once they become dirty …. Reports Asian Lite Newsdesk. 1TcA (One Thought Changes All) is the brainchild of three socially and environmentally conscious mothers: Raj Kumari, Laura Wiggins and Satwinder (Goodie) Kalsi. All profits are donated to charitable causes.
Founded by three socially and environmentally conscious mothers during the coronavirus pandemic, the game-changing face coverings will help to reduce cross-contamination. 1TcA (One Thought Changes All), a fully recyclable and sustainable UK mask brand and trusted member of the PCIAW (the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide), announces the launch of its face coverings enhanced by HeiQ Viroblock in collaboration with HeiQ.
Founded by mother and social entrepreneur, Raj Kumari-Byford, at the start of the nation’s lockdown, 1TcA provides comfortable, lightweight masks and snoods to help prevent cross-contamination. HeiQ Viroblock is an antimicrobial textile technology, which, when applied to the fabric, protects it from microbes and germs.
All 1TcA products are produced in the UK at factories paying the Living Wage, and all profits are donated to charitable causes. The masks and snoods are made from GRS (Global Recycled Standard) plastic bottles, are sustainable and can be recycled after 30 washes. They can then be sent back to 1TcA, where they will be returned into their constituent parts to enable the whole process of manufacturing to restart, otherwise known as a closed loop system.
The launch comes just days before face coverings are made mandatory for shoppers in England. 1TcA’s masks and snoods, priced at £16.99 each or £31.98 for a pack of two, will help staff and the general public feel at ease as the latter group continues to hit the shops.
The face coverings can be bought by corporates in bulk or by individuals and families looking to protect themselves. They are also ideal for those who work in the public sector, with priority given to key workers.
HeiQ Viroblock is the creation of HeiQ, the global leader in textile innovation. It’s among the first textile finishing technologies worldwide that have been successfully tested against the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, SARS-CoV-2, in the laboratory, using the Viral Stability and Persistence test method with the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia. HeiQ Viroblock-treated fabrics showed over 99.99% reduction of SARS-CoV-2 Viruses.
Masks treated with this ground-breaking technology are durable and don’t need to be washed daily. They only need to be washed once they become dirty. Further, HeiQ Viroblock is certified as safe and sustainable as all its ingredients are cosmetic grade, bio-based and recycled, so both the technology and fabric used for the face coverings are environmentally friendly.
Speaking on the life-changing venture, Raj Kumari-Byford says, “Our mission is to protect people, and these face coverings will help reduce the spread of the virus. They are fully sustainable and recyclable, and are ethically made here in the UK, with the production line workers receiving the first batch to protect themselves.
“We want everyone to benefit from these face coverings and 100% of our net profits go to charitable causes.”
1TcA (One Thought Changes All) is the brainchild of three socially and environmentally conscious mothers: Raj Kumari, Laura Wiggins and Satwinder (Goodie) Kalsi. All profits are donated to charitable causes.
It focuses its activities across two overarching themes: feeding and protection. Since March 2020, it has provided meals via The Food Share, a food bank for food banks, and has launched its antiviral sustainable PPE range, ethically made in the UK.
1TcA is funding charitable initiatives worldwide and has plans to create jobs for those worst affected by the pandemic in countries such as Ethiopia, Malawi and India.
Founded in 2005 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), HeiQ is a leader in textile innovation creating some of the most effective, durable and high-performance textile technologies on the market today. HeiQ’s purpose is to improve the lives of billions of people by perfecting an everyday product: Textiles. Combining three areas of expertise – scientific research, specialty materials manufacturing and consumer ingredient branding – HeiQ is the ideal innovation partner to create differentiating and sustainable textile products and capture the added value at the point of sale. With a total capacity of 35’000 tons per year HeiQ manufactures in the USA, Switzerland and Australia serving its chemical specialties in over 60 countries worldwide.