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Fully-approved mask fit for 100 washes

Globally, 129 billion face masks are used every month.

3rd November 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Bury, United Kingdom

Protective, Medical/Hygiene

The Silver Life Mask developed by SP Science, of Bury, UK,  has completed the CE registration process as a Type 2 face mask that can now be used by hospitals, health authorities, and care homes, as fully validated reusable PPE.

Employers, schools, charities and organisation leaders, as well as hospitals, care homes and health authorities, can protect their staff, pupils and volunteers with the masks which provide ultimate, scientifically proven protection. 

The mask is reusable for up to 100 washes at 40°C and made from 36% recycled material. Globally, 129 billion face masks are used every month, and more and more of these masks are finding their way into the oceans.

“We are delighted with the new CE classification meaning that we are now fully approved PPE and are excited about the impact we can make,” said Dr Alan Green, environmentalist and founder of SP Science. “Whereas a typical hospital might have used 300 disposable masks per day prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, we have received reported cases of 10,000 masks being used daily in some hospitals – a thirty-three-fold increase. We also understand that several hospitals are now considering the purchase of specialist incineration devices – a huge piece of kit with a huge capital cost – for disposal. The use of Silver Life masks could significantly reduce or even remove this type of expenditure.

“Single-use or disposable face masks are made using a variety of plastics, including polypropylene, polyethylene and vinyl – which means they can take up to 450 years to break down. Even then, the plastic stays around as tiny microplastics. These microplastics are causing fundamental problems to our world-wide ecosystems and have even been found in the Antarctic and Arctic environments.”

“Our Silver Life Face Masks have been developed by experienced healthcare scientists and have safety, the environment, recycling and manufacturing standards at the core of their design. Sustainability is at the essence of The Silver Life Face Mask as well as its effectiveness in the current and perhaps future airborne microbial pandemics.”

The masks are based on a blend of recycled polyester and cotton.

www.silverlifemasks.com

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