safety tips & news
6/9/2021 update from the turtle's nest
As life starts to return to normal in many places, one of the many things we've learned over the last year is how effective face masks are at reducing the spread of disease. The common cold or the seasonal flu were nearly non-existent for many this past winter. Even as vaccination rates continue to rise, many places still require face coverings, and many people are still taking re-entry to the new normal with a bit of caution. We are here to support whichever path you're on as you take advantage of the summer warmth, easing restrictions, and reopening of travel. Our masks are still in stock in many colors and are a comfortable option for flights to that long-awaited vacation. We've all put our masks through a great field test since launching them almost one year ago and we're proud of how well ours have stood up to repeated washings, daily wearing, and being shoved in pockets and purses. So if your adventures still require a face mask, we've got you covered.
7/8/2020 update from the turtles' nest
We have officially launched preorders for our three new face masks. Choose from the Structured Face Mask, a cone-shaped face mask with an internal HEPA filter and spandex ear loops for all day comfort; the Cotton Casual, a lightweight face mask for the office, or the beach with adjustable ear loops and an internal pocket for a PM2.5 Filter (one filter included); or the Everyday Face mask with a lightweight cotton construction and adjustable ear straps.
We have donated an additional $1,709 to the CDC Foundation to help in their fight against Coronavirus. To date our total donation amount is $6,163. Help us reach our goal of $10,000, by shopping for a new face covering or donating directly.
6/8/2020 update from the turtles' nest
As of June 8, we have donated $4,404 to the CDC Foundation in the fight against Coronavirus. $1 from the sale of each face covering is being donated to help fund research and supplies, support staffing, and much more. With the addition of our newest face coverings - the summer weight Upper Half Totally Tubulars, we hope to hit our goal of $10,000 by 8/31 (we've extended our partnership through end of August). Already have a face covering but still interested in donating? You can find our team page and make a donation here: https://give4cdcf.org/cdcf2020/turtlefur#modal-donate
5/1/2020 update from the turtles' nest
As of May 1, Turtle Fur has donated $3,429 to the CDC’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. Every dollar donated helps fund medical supplies, increase lab capacity, support emergency staffing, back clinical research, and provide support to vulnerable communities. These are just a few of the many ways that donations help in the fight against coronavirus. If you would like to contribute, $1 from every sale of our face coverings (Totally Tubular, Pipe Dream, Bandana Face Shield, and Game Face Bandana) will be put towards the fund. With a donation goal of $10,000 by 7/31, every purchase counts. Another way you can help is by making a monetary donation as part of team Turtle Fur: https://give4cdcf.org/cdcf2020/turtlefur#modal-donate
4/1/2020 update from the turtles' nest
Since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Turtle Fur has been focused on taking steps to keep our employees, their families, and our community safe and healthy. Last week Vermont Governor Phil Scott asked Vermont businesses to take further measures with the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order.
Most of our team has been working from home – they will continue to do so until further notice. For employees that cannot complete their responsibilities from home, we will continue to pay them and support them during this time.
Turtle Fur is still taking orders and making products that will be there for you on your next outdoor adventure. We may be doing things differently, but we’re still here.
We are a small company and this situation brings a lot of uncertainty. One thing we are certain of is that we have an incredible team that is working hard to make sure we get through this.
You can help. Place an order (we will ship it when we can) or buy a gift card to help us during this time.
To do our part during this crisis, Turtle Fur will be donating $1 from the sale of each Totally Tubular, Pipe Dream, Bandana Face Shield, and Game Face Bandana to support coronavirus emergency response efforts.
While our neckwear is primarily used for protection from the snow, wind, spray, sun, and cold, we've seen people wearing neck warmers, bandanas, and homemade masks when going out for essential errands.
An update from the CDC on Friday, April 3rd, recommends that anyone going out in public wear some type of cloth face covering - scarf, bandana, or DIY face mask. This is due to research showing that people can transmit the virus before they show symptoms when interacting with others in close proximity (be that talking, coughing, sneezing, etc.). Please find the full statement from the CDC here. It’s also important to remember the following:
- Wearing a homemade mask or bandana is NOT an excuse to go out in public. Continue to practice social distancing, and only go out for essential trips (grocery store, pharmacy, etc.)
- Save N95 masks for healthcare works
- When wearing a homemade mask or bandana, avoid touching your face
- When in doubt, stay at home
Our neckwear offers coverage for both the nose and mouth when worn pulled up (note that Coronavirus can also be spread via the eyes). They are easy to wash - which is recommended to do after every time you wear it out in public. Simply machine wash cold and tumble dry low heat. They're also lightweight, meaning you shouldn't feel burdened down by it when wearing it for essential errands.
We urge everyone to refer to and follow the CDC Guidance on home-isolation when necessary, as well as social distancing. For more tips on how to protect yourself and those around you, please visit the CDC’s website.
We look forward to the day we can meet you in the mountains again. Until then, stay safe, stay home, and stay healthy.