GINTA – Masks should be locally sourced, and their safety should go beyond the wire

I HAVE TWO reusable masks, both made in Kamloops by small business owners. One has a metal nose wire, and the other doesn’t. They are both great to use, and I do so, but I favour the first a bit more because I wear glasses and they fog up with wireless masks.

However, the elastic in my wire mask has loosened up a bit, which I fixed with a needle and thread. I intend to hold onto these masks for as long as possible.

I am not telling you this to put you to sleep, but to make a point. I have only tried two types of locally made reusable masks and they are both well made from good quality materials.

It’s a good way to contribute to the local economy, which I am hoping that many of us are doing, and was hoping that the school district would too. After all, the local community of crafty entrepreneurs need as much work as they can get, and with that, the money – and the guarantee for a well-done job, stays in the community.


Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at

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