The need for protective face masks is creating an influx of PPE litter and Masuku is one company that's offering a solution for responsibly dealing with a product at the end of its usable life. Masuku was co-founded by Johann Boedecker, CEO of design and technology company Pentatonic and model and entrepreneur Natalia Vodianova. The UK-based start-up makes face masks that go beyond offering comfort and breathability. As Boedecker describes, "The idea was to create a mask that’s at the same level as a product as consumer electronics, fashion, and other product categories are."
The new Masuku One mask is comparable to an N95 mask and it boasts the ability to filter out 94% of particles. The mask includes a compostable filter and the mask itself can be sent back to the company for recycling.