Biodegradable N95 mask made in Canada is under development at UBC – BC News

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Researchers at the University of British Columbia are working on prototype N95 biodegradable masks to help meet the high demand for personal protective equipment as people are advised to wear masks.

CTV News reports that the mask, called the Canadian mask or Can-Mask, has a frame made from British Columbia wood fibers such as pine, spruce, cedar and other softwoods.

One of the prototypes has a commercial N95 filter while the other has a filter made from wood-based products.

“We knew early on that we wanted a solution that used local materials, was easy to produce and inexpensive, with the added benefit of being fully compostable and biodegradable,” Johan Foster, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering.

“With millions of disposable masks and gloves already polluting city sidewalks and potentially entering our rivers and oceans, we urgently need a biodegradable option to avoid having a massive impact on our environment. “

Prototypes are being tested and researchers at the UBC BioProducts Institute are seeking to apply for certification from Health Canada in the near future.

– With files from CTV News Vancouver

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