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In an effort to help reduce COVID-19/single-use plastic waste and to help make a living while the pandemic is ongoing, artisans from Catanduanes Island in Bicol, Philippines re-purposed their production of abaca paper craft products into abaca-based face masks.
Abaca face masks are: • An eco-friendly, sustainable alternative to disposable and reusable face masks • Biodegradable • Washable • Reusable • Organic • Lightweight
As reported by Bloomberg, abaca is as strong as polyester – but unlike polyester, it can decompose in just two months.
Recent studies by the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST) show that abaca-based face masks have a filtration rate 7x better than cloth masks and have a lower water absorption rate. An abaca face mask is more water resistant than a commercial N-95 mask due to its pore size that ranges from 10 to 70μm, nearly as good as a standard surgical mask.
This piece uses abaca, the strongest of all natural fibers. As a sustainable fiber native to the Philippines, abaca is highly durable, flexible, and resistant to salt water damage.
The Philippines is the largest producer of abaca in the world, with majority of the supply from Catanduanes Island in the Bicol Region. Abaca is most commonly used to make things like teabags and banknotes.
• Outer layer: Abaca paper • Inner layer: Pellon lining • Garterized earloops • Dimensions: 19cm x 15cm
Option 1: Alcohol Sanitation • Spray alcohol all over the mask to disinfect. • Hang to let it dry naturally or under the sun.
Option 2: Hand-Wash • Soak the mask in mild soap and water for not more than 3 minutes. Scrub the inner layer lightly. Do not scrub the outer abaca layer. Do not squeeze. Colors may fade. • Hang to let it dry naturally or under the sun. • Optional: Iron the outer abaca paper side using low heat.
Option 3: Machine-Wash • Wash with delicate soap using the soft wash setting. Colors may fade. • Hang to let it dry naturally or under the sun. • Optional: Iron the outer abaca paper side using low heat.
While abaca-based face masks are not the medical grade personal protective equipment (PPE), they still provide some protection against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Dispose after 5-10 uses or if the mask is no longer in good condition.
All our products are individually handmade, thus no two pieces are exactly the same. Slight variations are inherent in the methods and natural materials used. These are not product flaws, but are considered minor distinctions that make this piece special and one-of-a-kind.
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