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Video TranscriptHey, everyone. Welcome back to the place we are testing every single mask on Amazon. Today, we are looking at Ecoguard. They have a lot of listings. I think we've reviewed their kids' masks, and maybe a couple of others. Today, we're looking at their four-ply black masks. What does four-ply mean? Well, if you've joined us before, it means people are marketing to you, because you don't know that. I'll show you why in just a second, but I've got to stop talking and got to get it in the clamper here.
This one's going to be a challenge, because they came all folded over for some reason, so I got to... This one's going to be a little bit harder than normal. Actually, I think I got it. A lot of volume on that. All right.
This is a PFE machine, particulate filtration efficiency machine. If you want to find out more about how this works, check out that video. Okay, Ecoguard. Made in the USA. We have a company that came here from China at the height of the pandemic, set up a factory, took those same standards and applied them here, and now they are proudly made in the USA. Masks are made and assembled in Grover, North Carolina. Four-ply ASTM level three. That means this machine, this machine right here, is made to test ASTM level three.
And what else we got? "Genuineness guaranteed," and, "Proven in Nelson Labs studies," studies that Nelson... Nelson Labs doesn't do studies. They just do tests, that you pay them for, and I think it's great personally, that this Chinese company came over and started manufacturing here. That is not a... It's not something we had before the pandemic a lot, and we definitely needed that.
Ecoguard puts their stuff in these Ziploc bags, which I suppose is nice, but personally, I don't like it, because it's not actual seal. I do, however, really like their box. Let's look at this. Super thick black material, and I'm thinking what's going on is that this is their four-ply at work. I am going to need your scalpel in a second. I would think that would be a little bit better. Thank you. Let's talk about four-ply. Cut this mama jama open here. I think it was right there.
All right, so I'm going to take this apart and show you the different layers. Anytime someone claims four layers, I'm going to do this, just to show you why it's totally ridiculous. You've got a layer of spun bond, which is great. You need that. Blocks moisture from coming in. That's the whole point of a surgical mask. Then what you have is another layer of spun bond, which wait, Lloyd, didn't we already have a layer of spun bond, that blocks that moisture? Yeah. Do you need another one? No, you just need one. Just the one's fine. Now, in this case, what it's doing, the double, is it's giving you a blacker look, and like Meet Spinal Tap, or what is it, This is Spinal Tap? We have to ask ourself, could this be any more black?
How much more black could this be? And the answer is none.
That's the four layers you're paying for, but in terms of like... The marketing seems to suggest like, "Ooh, you're going to be protected more." Not true. Meltblown right there. This is great quality meltblown too, looks like great quality meltblown I should say. The point of this machine is to test that. Bottom layer, spun bond polypropylene, so you've got two layers of spun bond polypropylene, a layer of meltblown. That's the actual thing that's doing all the work, the reason you're wearing the mask, but you have to cover it in spun bond, because otherwise, it would be exposed to the elements, and it would die, just like my YouTube career. All right, let's try this mask.
It's pretty strong. I can tell it's going to break, but it's pretty strong. Let's try it on. Get a closeup, made in America. It's made in... Where is it made? America. Interesting. I'm getting a pretty strong plasticy smell here. I'm going to call this smell burned plastic made in America. I've gone too far on that one. Okay, they're claiming ASTM level three. That means that this machine does the ASTM three testing. It has to be above 98% or better. That's what they are claiming on their listing. That's what they're saying their Nelson Labs reports back up.
So, does it protect you? Oh, 93.651. 93.6... Just under... I think we've tested some Ecoguard before, and I think we got a similar result, which was like just under... Minimum standards in the United States are 95%. That would be an ASTM level one mask. I like to see level two or three, which is a 98% or better. This is obviously quite a bit below. Now, caveat, totally possible that humidity and other things can affect the masks, and there's a lot of... If you're Ecoguard and you're watching this, if I have bad masks, send me a new batch, and I will retest them and repost the results.
All right, thank you guys so much. I hope this has been helpful. It's getting a little late here. Been testing masks all day long. Hope you're enjoying this, because I've got more for you. In fact, tomorrow, and every tomorrow after that, we're going to be dropping a new mask test at 10:00 AM, until we run out of all the masks in the world to test, so stick with me, and I will see you on the next test, which is tomorrow, at 10:00 AM. I already said that. Why are you making me repeat myself? You know I don't like that.
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