Researches at the University of British Columbia (UBC) recently announced the development of a new compostable N95 face mask, made from local wood fibers such as pine, spruce, cedar. As more consumers purchase and wear these masks in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have noted the detrimental environmental impact of the increased use of these masks.
"It's really shocking to see how many of these current masks and gloves end up in the environment, and eventually they will end up as microplastics in the oceans. The sustainable use of wood, in this case, fibers to make filters, makes a lot of sense," noted UBC BioProducts Institute director Orlando Rojas.
The prototypes are currently in the midst of being tested, and researches announced plans to apply for Health Canada certification shortly.
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