Canadian social enterprise TakeCare Supply provides local solution to mask shortage amidst COVID-19
TORONTO, ON (April 6, 2020) – Amidst a global pandemic, healthcare workers face dire conditions with shortages of medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE). To alleviate this pressure, a team of Ontario entrepreneurs came together to launch, TakeCare Supply, a Canadian social enterprise that manufactures evidence-based reusable masks intended for non-health care workers with essential jobs.
Working in consultation with health professionals, TakeCare Supply face masks are designed and produced locally in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for non-health workers. All of TakeCare Supply’s face masks have been designed with a filter pouch where they can add common household items like a coffee filter, dryer sheet, or dried baby wipes for added protection. A research study from the University of Cambridge found that fabric masks enhanced with additional filtration can improve respiratory protection with an effectiveness of up to 74% against 1-micron particles and up to 70% against 0.02-micron particles.
Since launching, TakeCare Supply has sold 50,000 reusable masks across North America. Co-Founder, Larry Lau, foresees the need for masks continuing to grow “with new guidance coming down the pipe on how people can and should protect themselves, we will see a fairly widespread move towards non-health workers utilizing alternatives such as reusable masks”.
TakeCare Supply is also keeping Canadians employed with over 18 jobs filled because of the new venture. With states of emergency declared across the country and closures of non-essential business and services, many Canadians face layoffs and unemployment. By working with local factories, TakeCare Supply has created reliable and safe employment for factory workers.
“Ensuring frontline workers with essential jobs have protection is paramount for us. These frontline heroes are supporting us, and we, in turn, must do everything we can to take care of them.” Co-Founder Kevin Vuong states. “Wearing reusable masks is a great, and scientifically proven, way to reduce their risk of getting sick.”
TakeCare Supply is already working to further scale manufacturing to meet the increased demand for their reusable masks. They have recently partnered with fulfillment startup, Ship Apollo, and are in the process of locating new production facilities.
About TakeCare Supply:
TakeCare Supply is a rapid response to the mask shortage and economic hardships brought on by COVID-19. Manufactured locally in Toronto, Ontario, these made-in-Canada reusable masks are intended for non-health workers with essential jobs.