FFP and IIR - understanding different types of masks

The face mask has become a symbol of the COVID 19 pandemic, but not all masks are the same!

With the recent news that Germany have made it essential you wear a medical grade or surgical mask; other European countries are following suit in discussing how best to protect the public and which types of PPE can be used to do this!  

In Germany it is now essential that should you get on public transport or go to the shops, you must wear a FFP2 or FFP3 mask – but what does that mean?

FFP stands for 'Filtering Facepiece', and the 2 or 3 is the difference between protection against solid and liquid irritating aerosols and solid and liquid toxic aerosols.  

However, do not worry, an IIR face mask is classed as an FFP mask! 

A Type IIR mask is splash resistant as the the letter 'R' represents this splash resistance. A Type II mask does not have this protection.

With change on the horizon on what PPE may be acceptable both in the workplace and on the streets, it is important to make sure that what you are buying is keeping you safe!
All you need to do is look out for the CE mark and IIR certification when making a purchase, a small guarantee that the product has been tested and credited - you will find this on the side of the box! 

However, what does this mean for the environment?

Unfortunately, although it is essential that we follow the rules to keep each other safe, this news does mean that washable and reusable face masks could be made redundant. Which means single use PPE and plastic waste will only increase!

So, it is time to look for new options…

We are incredibly proud to stock the eco-breath IIR CE certified recyclable masks, to make sure we are not adding to the mess.  



Here at TurnAround Earth, we are being sure to keep our ears to the ground on how PPE is changing and what is acceptable. Our products are here to not only keep you safe (you can look at all the certifications when browsing the products online) but to keep the planet safe too!

We hope you are all keeping safe and keeping eco-conscious, and we are here to help as much as we can.

So if you have any questions about this update, and what it might mean for the PPE you are using, please get in touch.

Lots of love,
Abi X