What Mask Filters Should We Sell?

As you probably know by now etee stands for everything touches everything else.  Our goal is that all our products come from the earth and return to the earth, meaning biodegradable, eco-certified ingredients (non-toxic) and plastic-free.

Now that we're in the middle of a Global Pandemic, we are challenged with the desire to stay true to our mission, while also providing the protection people deserve.

You see, while Our FaceMasks fit perfectly with this mission - they are made with GOTS certified organic cotton and they are reusable - it is recommended to use a filter to ensure the masks provide maximum protection.


So we've been looking at filter options and the quickest to get in stock, cheapest and most tested is the disposable/single-use PM2.5 multi-layer, activated charcoal filter (with layers of synthetic melt-blown fabric), BUUUUT it's single use and it won't biodegrade any time soon.


At the other end of the spectrum is a cotton filter that is more expensive, will take longer to bring to market and is not as proven. 

Reusable antibacterial cotton filter - set of 4 for $12.00USD. SLOW TO MARKET, BIODEGRADABLE, EXPENSIVE and unproven.


Another option that has been popping up in DIY circles is the Coffee filter.  It is - as yet - unproven, but it would be biodegradable and less expensive to produce.  

Disposable paper filter (coffee filter type) - set of 20 for $5.99. REASONABLE SPEED TO MARKET, BIODEGRADABLE, UNPROVEN

Soooo, with this in mind, we're feeling that in light of the Pandemic, it makes most sense to get the PM2.5 filter to market as quickly as possible while we continue to look into the more sustainable options; both from an 'ecological footprint' perspective AND from a functionality perspective.

We always LOVE to hear your perspectives though, and we read all of your comments and take everything you say into consideration, so....

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • I am defintiely for the idea of a long term biodegradible filter, of course, but if you have a larger customer base who are essential workers, you may want to support them with your first option for now. In the mean time research the long term option and implement it as soon as it is available. For now, I would also personally like a biodegradable paper option, such as the coffee filter one, since it is recycleable and for regular people. That is what my husband and I are using now.

    Britt Hed on
  • I agree with the idea to get the proven disposable filters available quickly (I would buy right away) while you work on finding proven filters better for the environment

    Sharon Copp on
  • I agree with your course of action…protect people first with disposable filters while you are working on other safe, reusable alternatives for long term use. Thanks

    BB on
  • I have heard that the coffee filters are difficult to breathe through and even used dryer sheets have chemicals you probably shouldn’t be breathing. i have used a double layer of paper towel which is breathable and offers some additional protection. I too would like washable and reusable as well as biodegradable. Please keep working on it.

    Pat Jones on
  • As I am one of the oldies who is not to go our at present except for exercise when I do go out I would like one that can be reused and washable please

    Emily Hewitson-Townley on

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