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FPInnovations successfully develops biodegradable mask for manufacture

March 1, 2021  By P&PC Staff

FPInnovations' biodegradable mask. Photo: FPInnovations

FPInnovations has successfully developed a biodegradable mask for public use, and it is now ready for commercialization by Canadian manufacturers.

The $3.3-million collaborative research and scientific project between the research organization and its partners allowed for the mask’s development using FPInnovations’ pilot-scale paper-machine.

In addition to the mask filtering materials, FPInnovations has identified and successfully incorporated elastic ear loops and nose pieces that are biodegradable. These mask components can be assembled readily on existing commercial mask-converting machines.


The mask has been assessed by external labs in accordance with international norms. With its unique product design, FPInnovations has also recently attained the more demanding ASTM standards of filtration efficiency and breathability that are required for procedure masks.

“The development of a biodegradable mask clearly shows that stimulating the bioeconomy can contribute to a cleaner environment in Canada,” says Stéphane Renou, president and chief executive officer of FPInnovations.

“The outstanding collective scientific and technological expertise of the forest sector has been key to the success and speed of this project, and is proof that together, we are capable of bringing eco-friendly bio-sourced products through the pipeline from research to market within just months.”

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