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The Price of Safety

The Price of Safety

Corner stores everywhere are flooded with seemingly inexpensive disposable face coverings and masks. While we’re no longer experiencing severe shortages similar to the onset of the pandemic, there’s still a major problem with face coverings and mask accessibility.

Finding cost-effective (and eco-friendly) mask solutions is difficult among the sea of options available. Disposable N95s, surgical masks and fabric masks might seem like an easy short-term investment – but the cost per wear really adds up.

Instead of looking at the retail price of a mask, it’s important to consider the cost per wear. Those cheap disposable face coverings and masks could actually be burning a hole in your wallet.

When it comes to N95 masks, which provide a relatively higher filtration efficiency, the cost per wear varies between $1.16 – $2.50. Surgical masks, however, provide very low filtration efficiency and the cost per wear is between $0.26 – $0.50.

If you want an elastomeric respirator mask that will provide maximum filtration efficiency and affordability, that’s where the OCTO® Respirator Mask (ORM) comes into focus. Filtering more than 95% of particulates, OCTO® Respirator Mask (ORM)  breaks down to just $0.20 – $0.68 per wear.

Casual wearers who need a mask for occasional shopping, commuting and casual interactions can wear OCTO® Respirator Mask (ORM) for up to two years. That equates to about four hours of use per week, at $0.21 per wear.

Commuter wearers can rely on OCTO® Respirator Mask (ORM) for a full year whenever they’re running errands, commuting, or engaging in up to five interactions per wear. This equates to about 15 hours of use per week, at $0.34 per wear.  

Frontline workers who come in close contact with colleagues and the public can wear OCTO® Respirator Mask (ORM) for up to six months. These are people who work long shifts and come in close contact with colleagues and the public, and/or live or work in low-ventilation locales. Averaging about 40 hours of use per week, the cost per wear for frontline workers is $0.78.

Regardless of your reason for masking up, OCTO® Respirator Mask (ORM) has a whopping 10-year shelf life. That means you can safely store it away, then whenever you need a mask to keep you safe from airborne particulates, it’ll be easy to grab OCTO® Respirator Mask (ORM) stay protected.

Not only is the cost per wear less expensive overall, but the reusability, sanitization capabilities, durability, shelf life and other features all outperform the most common masks.

See the full breakdown below of OCTO® Respirator Mask (ORM) versus N95 and surgical masks. Then give your bank account a break and invest in OCTO® Respirator Mask (ORM), a true inexpensive investment for long-term safety. 


Edited 7/20/2021: Adjusted cost per wear to retail pricing of $89.00. Frontline worker discount is not reflected in this calculation. The frontline worker discount breaks down to just $0.13 – $0.43 per wear.