Project receives $300K from feds to create face mask prototype from pulp
By P&PC Staff
By P&PC Staff
A prototype for a mask made from wood pulp will be manufactured in Ontario after the project received $300,000 in funding from the federal government.
Pulp Moulded Products (PMP) in Newmarket, Ontario, which develops products made from Canadian pulp, will receive additional financial support from Kruger Inc.
The project will see PMP create a prototype for low-cost, non-surgical, disposable masks for civilians and industrial workers.
The masks will be made of responsibly harvested wood fibre – a renewable material that can potentially be recycled or composted.
The mask production and supply chain will also be 100 per cent in Canada, eliminating dependency on imports for the production of non-medical masks.
“Through this project, we hope to achieve a reliable local supply of inexpensive, highly effective antiviral, green masks that will help in the continuing efforts to protect Canadians through this difficult time,” says Gord Heyting, CEO of Pulp Moulded Products, in a statement.
Funding for this project is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, which encourages the Canadian forest sector to adopt and implement unique technologies and processes to produce new forest products for emerging markets.
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