Disposable Biodegradable Compostable Face Masks
Why we love them
We all appreciate that during these strange times that a disposable mask is the safest and wisest option but it's no secret that we hate plastics so we found a company that shared our desire to remove plastics and so we have the worlds first compostable biodegradable mask.
*Please note as we move to new materials , we have very limited stock avaliable of this item and our news masks are not due to go into production until end of March 2022, so when these are gone , they are gone.
- Designed for all face sizes, as they are designed to expand to fit your face.
- Made from corn based PLA and sustainable paper with a biodegradable ear loop and nose cone.
- The only compostable and biodegradable face mask that doesn't look silly, we have found another but it makes you look like you have a cone on your face.
- Part of our Made in Green Britain™ range that is made with love in the UK.
- Non toxic adhesive, free of animal products.
- EN13432 certification as compostable.
- Natural plant based materials allow for easier breathing.
- Biodegradable and compostable.
- Easily identifiable and non intrusive compostable branding.
- Premium quality and superior build quality.
- Thicker 3 ply material.
- Plant based natural smell that neutralises odour and reduces odours.
- They are designed to be comfortable to wear.
- Last longer due to it's natural materials that reduces condensation.
- Currently 85% moisture filtration but as we improve the product , this increases.
- Expandable from Width 70 x Height 95mm to 130mm ( designed to fit small and larger faces).
- As they are plant based they are non toxic and aren't coated with petrol based chemicals , so they are actually better for you as well as the environment - Find out about Chemicals in masks here.
Dimensions - Width 70 x Height 95mm expandable to Height 130mm.
Quantity x Pick a Quantity ( the more you buy the cheaper they get per mask).
Dimensions - 20% Longer , wider and expandable to meet all face types.
What are they made of?
Normal masks are made of paper and any number of other materials , we have found a range of chemicals and plastics in other masks, but our have none of these strange additions.
They are made from sustainable sourced paper and corn based PLA, so they are 100% natural.
Something to be aware of that is as these masks are made from plants, they do have a slight plant based smell which actually helps with breathing and neutralises smells and odours, they actually have natural odour eliminating properties and you should find breathing easier in these nature based masks.
These face masks are so new they don't have a CE mark and as the UK has left the EU , we are awaiting the new certification body to certify these masks, so we are in a bit of limbo with regards to certification , they have been extensively tested and exceed the requirements of a face mask but until we can get the UK certification (whenever that becomes available) we can not claim that they are approved for NHS use, this is something that will be corrected as soon as our new masks are avaliable.
While these masks are compostable , there is something to note , used face masks do present a contamination risk, so we recommend that you either add them to your general waste in a well tied bag or you can use a company that has an expertise in composting packaging and PPE.
You can compost them at home but as information on how long covid can stay on a material doesn't exist, unless you are 100% certain you don't have covid we wouldn't recommend you do this , please note, you add these to your home composter at your own risk until more information on how long covid stays on materials is released.
We recommend First Mile
So why make them compostable, we here you ask?
The fact is the current masks have lots of plastic components and chemicals on top of their paper content so they are the new plastic bottle and recent research shows that some masks contained harmful chemicals , find out more here.
Looking at Distributing our masks?
We have discounts for pallet based orders ( 480 boxes of 50 masks) and it's a great time to distribute them as we have new IIR2 masks waiting certification, so the range is going to get bigger.
The Environmental Part ( things to tell your customers that will amaze).
Carbon saving per box - Per mask carbon saving 0.2kg
This equates to
Miles travelled in an average car - 0.3 miles.
Miles travelled in a modern jet - 1.07 miles.
Days you could power an average UK home - 0.005 days.
Days a tree would take to absorb the carbon - 8.3 days.
Composting - Please use only specialised companies that have an expertise in PPE & compostable products disposal or add them to your home composter if you are confident that you do not have covid ( you do so at your own risk), please note that the materials we use are tested from compostability but these masks are so new we haven't tested them in a home composter but it is worth adding that home composting times vary based on the health , location etc of your home composter.
Landfill - This is becoming rarer and rarer as new general waste collections typically go to an Energy for Waste facility ( EFW facilities burn the waste to create carbon saving electricity) but should you be in an area that hasn't moved over to EFW facilities yet and it is sent to landfill, it will break down into compost and will actually benefit the environment when it breaks down ( it's worth knowing in layered landfill times are longer to break down).
EFW - This is the most common route these days for waste ( or it is in the UK, we can't comment around the world) so when our masks are incinerated they create green electricity and just as importantly they don't release harmful toxic emissions, they are plants after all.
Compost Heaps - These masks are made from corn and paper so they are completely compostable and they have been certified to EN13432 , so they are compostable and biodegradable but due to the risk of contamination from the masks and there being no research to show how long covid etc can exist in soil, we wouldn't recommend doing this unless you are 100% certain that you have no contamination risk.
Why buy from The Pure Option™
We were one of the UK's first companies to distribute plant based packaging , all the way back in 2003 (we went off and did some other things and returned in 2018) but our mission is still the same, to replace toxic packaging with Planet Friendly plant based packaging.
We have Europe's largest range of compostable and biodegradable products with 300+ products made from plants which means when they are disposed of , they turn into compost, which is great for the environment and completely circular.
Switching to plant made packaging doesn't have to cost more and you don't have to compromise on quality, durability and function, as our 300+ products have all been tested to be better than the harmful plastic alternative.
We aren't ecological warriors but we believe we can all make a difference, if you can replace your environmentally damaging packaging with our plant based products, you can have all of the benefits without any of the negatives ethical and environmental downsides.
100% Planet Friendly Packaging™