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Körber Tissue patents paper roll solution to protect against COVID-19
December 2, 2020 By P&PC Staff
Körber Tissue has patented a biodegradable single sheet made of bamboo that, when combined with a surgical mask, can ensure 99.8 per cent bacterial filtration.
Myfaceroll was developed during the initial COVID-19 lockdown. Using converting machines (the same ones used to make rolls of toilet paper and kitchen towels), manufacturers can create up to 10,000 facial masks per minute, adaptable to the main “non-woven” fabric materials – including a particular bamboo-based material that can be disposed of with organic waste.
“We created Myfaceroll masks during lockdown for daily disposable use for situations where there are multiple people,” says Enrico Zino, marketing director of the Körber Tissue Group.
“A simple and effective solution especially for mobility such as travel, work, and moments of assembly, when it is essential to keep your mask clean.”
Surgical masks offer a high percentage of bacterial filtration. However, when they are worn for a prolonged duration they can become laden with viruses and bacteria that could be transferred elsewhere if the wearer removes or touches them.
The recent study, carried out by an independent laboratory, has shown that using a “double” mask, such as a single-sheet one in natural fibre in addition to the surgical one, is a simple but highly protective solution that guarantees 99.8 per cent bacterial filtration (BFE) – higher than the limits prescribed by the standard both for type I medical masks (≥ 95 per cent), and for type II and II R medical masks (≥ 98 per cent).
Myfaceroll masks can be worn over or under one’s own personal protection and are compostable.
Körber’s technological upgrade to produce Myfaceroll masks on a converting machine is available internationally.
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