Keeping You and the Environment Safe One Face Mask at a Time
In honor of Earth Day today, April 22, Arbill is pleased to release key statistics that show our newest consumer product, The Safety Mask from our “Together” line, achieves high levels of protection and low environmental impact.
According to Science Daily, people throw away three million face masks every minute of the day and globally we are using 129 billion face masks every month. The research concludes that most of these masks are disposable which are made from plastic microfibers. The biggest issue is that disposable masks are not biodegradable and there are no guidelines on how to recycle these masks causing them to become a great danger to the environment.
Another report, issued by advocacy group OceansAsia last year, estimated 1.5 billion disposable face masks polluted the ocean in 2020 alone, creating a new call for manufacturing companies to create products that do not contribute further to this pollution.
“While disposable masks take nearly 450 years to decompose, The Safety Mask is naturally biodegradable and will decompose in approximately five months,” said Arbill CEO, Julie Copeland. “We are proud to have created a product that holds not only its shape, comfort and fit after laundering, but one that yields a significantly lower carbon footprint than alternatives.”
Arbill used the European Afnor standard for barrier face coverings and found that The Safety Mask achieves 95% fabric filtration protection while being more breathable and comfortable than disposable medical masks. The masks have also been treated with SILVADUR antimicrobial technology which inhibits the growth of microorganisms in the fabric.
The Safety Mask remains 95% effective up to an average of 10-20 washes and remains 90% effective after 50 washes. With effectiveness lasting up to 50 washes, the masks? cost per use averages 8 cents - approximately 1/6 the cost of the cheapest disposable mask available at leading retail stores - making The Safety Mask a superior choice for you, your wallet and the environment.
For more information on “Together” and The Safety Mask, please visit HERE.
Have a Safe Day!