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UBC Researchers Develop Biodegradable Medical Mask for COVID-19

By the Faculty of Forestry
The University of British Columbia
May 21, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Made in Canada design uses local wood fibres and can be produced in BC. The shortage of medical-grade masks worldwide has hobbled health care professionals responding to the novel coronavirus—highlighting the need for improving supply lines and manufacturing more masks locally. Researchers in the Bioproducts Institute at the University of British Columbia have stepped up to the challenge, designing what could be the very first N95 mask that can be sourced and made entirely in Canada. It’s also possibly the world’s first fully compostable and biodegradable medical mask. …Researcher Johan Foster said, “when we decided to design a mask, we knew early on we wanted a solution that uses local materials, is easy to produce and inexpensive, with the added bonus of being compostable and biodegradable.” The new mask—dubbed Canadian-Mask, or Can-Mask—ticks all those boxes… Mask prototyping is nearly complete, and a shift to cost-effective scaling and production is in the plans.

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