The mask is antibacterial, reusable and biodegradable and tackles the problem of disposable face masks and medical waste during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“AirX is not just a recommendation to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but preserve the planet as well,” Thanh Le, founder of ShoeX, said in a news release.
As the coronavirus pandemic circulated through Mainland China, 116 million tons of single-use masks were consumed every day, according to AirX. Hospitals in Wuhan reportedly released 240 tons of medical waste per day.
“The face mask deserves to have a longer life than just one-time use. Eco-friendliness, according to us, is not the only selling point of AirX because we all need to take it by default, as a proactive step towards cleaner living habits,” Le said.
The antimicrobial face masks feature 99.99% dual antibacterial technology for two layers of protection. The first layer is woven from coffee yarn using PowerKnit technology for a soft, comfortable fit. There is a biodegradable filter on the inside that is developed by silver nanotechnology and coffee. The mask is washable and reusable while the filter can be replaced after 30 days.
“For the next development, we have successfully embedded technology in producing recycled AirX coffee mask with N95 feature, the product will be launched soon to the demanding market,” Le said.
Each mask and coffee filter has received AATCC 100 certification for its antimicrobial fabric performance and has a custom-designed 3-layer packaging to ensure the sterilized function of the Nanosilver filter. The mask also features a natural coffee scent and offers UV ray protection with fashionable designs, according to the company.
“The best thing about AirX is being the first step to deliver a healthy solution with 100% vegan components 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,” Le said.