Canadian firm develops biodegradable mask that's ready for production
TORONTO -- A private non-profit Canadian organization and its partners have created an eco-friendly biodegradable mask that is ready for manufacturing and public use, an innovation it says is the first of its kind in the world.
FPInnovations, a research and development centre that supports the Canadian forestry sector, said in a press release on Friday that the masks, which took only a few months to develop from research to market, are fully biodegradable, from the mask filtering materials, to the elastic ear loops and nose pieces.
“The development of a biodegradable mask clearly shows that stimulating the bioeconomy can contribute to a cleaner environment in Canada,” Stephane Renou, president and chief executive of FPInnovations said in a statement.
The project was highlighted by both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O'Regan.
"We need to keep wearing our masks to keep each other safe. And now you can wear one without worrying about damaging the environment ... This is Team Canada at its best," O'Regan said in a video posted on Twitter.
A key element that makes this mask appealing is that its components can be easily assembled and produced on existing commercial mask-converting machines, the group behind the $3.3 million project said.
Third party labs have assessed the masks, it added, saying it “would set the standard” for non-medical grade masks for its filtration capabilities, breathability and biodegradability.