ShoeX, a Vietnam-based footwear company known for its coffee shoes, has developed a biodegradable face mask made using a coffee yarn.
The AirX face mask is antibacterial, antimicrobial, reusable and biodegradable. It features 99.99% dual antibacterial technology for 2 layers of protection. The first layer is woven from coffee yarn using PowerKnit technology, provides a comfortable fit but softness for sensitive skin.
The face mask has a biodegradable filter inside, which is developed by silver nanotechnology and coffee. AirX is washable and reusable while its filter does not need to be washed but can be replaced after 30 days.
Each coffee mask, as well as coffee filter, has a custom-designed 3-layer packaging to ensure sterilized function of Nano silver filter. AirX also has a natural coffee aroma, while offering wearers UV ray protection. The face mask also comes in a range of colours.
The mask, made from Vietnamese coffee, was created to tackle the current environmental issue of face mask disposal.
The disposal of face masks and medical waste during the COVID-19 pandemic is putting increasing pressure on the environment. According to statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mainland China, 116 million tons of masks were consumed every day.
During the peak of the outbreak, hospitals in Wuhan released about 240 tons of medical waste every day. Most of Hong Kong’s 7.4 million people have for weeks been putting on single-use face masks every day in the hope of warding off the coronavirus.
Thanh Le, founder of ShoeX, said, “AirX is not just a recommendation to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but preserve the planet as well.
“The best thing about AirX is being the first step to deliver a healthy solution that everyone can buy. It is not too difficult or expensive to start being mindful of our consumption habits for environmentally friendly, natural and green products.
“With current resources, AirX can supply to mass production with quantity up to 10,000 masks daily, associated with high demand rate for face masks globally.”
AirX has obtained the AATCC 100 certification (the textile industry’s standard for antimicrobial fabric performance in the United States) from QUATEST 3.
ShoeX is expected to launch a recycled AirX coffee mask with N95 feature soon.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.