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 center 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 market research, 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 we ar 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.