Introducing the EarthMask

100% biodegradable 3 ply face masks…
  • Proprietary Oxo biodegradable technology.
  • Biodegrades into humus, water and CO2. No microplastics. Fully compostable.
  • Process begins after 12 months and takes a further 12 months to biodegrade entirely.
  • Complies with FDA, ASTM, RoHS. Tested in Europe.
  • >95% bacterial/viral filtration efficiency, with extra anti viral protection added.

“Stopping The Spread Should Not Cost The Earth”

How Current Masks

Are made…

Traditional masks are comprised of spunbond fabric and melt blown fabric. These are made using polypropylene, a fossil fuel derived plastic that can take hundreds of years to break down.

Our groundbreaking technology (proprietary Oxo biodegradable) means that our masks will be dirt, CO2 and water after only two years.

We set about making sure the mask is 100% biodegradable: the meltblown , the spunbond , the nose clip, ear loops, the packaging. Even the masks are wrapped in a biodegradable plastic pouch before being put into a cardboard box.

From start to finish our masks will be made in India, using long standing FDA/CE approved factories personally visited and vetted by members of our team.

What Is Oxo Biodegradation?

The technology explained…

Oxo-Biodegradation is biodegradation as defined by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) in CEN/TR 1535 2006, as ‘degradation resulting from oxidative and cell mediated phenomena, either simultaneously or successively’.

In layman’s terms, this is a process whereby exposure to oxygen and UV light causes material to be converted to humus (soil), CO2 and water, without the risk of microplastics infiltration to agriculture.

It is very important not to confuse this process with Oxo degradation, which results in microplastics, causing even more damage to marine life and ecosystems than ordinary plastic. Single use plastic made from oxo degradable plastics was banned by the EU in 2019.

Oxo-biodegradable plastic is totally different from bio based/compostable plastic and offers a smarter alternative to conventional plastic. It is made from polymers such as Polyethylene and Polypropylene, but it contains an extra ingredient, a non toxic metal salt which acts as a catalyst to break down the polymer chains until it the plastic is no longer a plastic and has become a food source for micro organisms on land and sea.

The plastic is indistinguishable from conventional plastic as it is just as strong, flexible, lightweight and waterproof. The critical difference is that it has less longevity because the life of the plastic bag or packaging can be controlled at manufacture.

It is tested according to US Standard ASTM D6954 by independent labs for degradation, biodegradation, non toxicity and absence of metals in excess of the limits set by Art 11 of the EU Packaging Waste Directive.

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