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The Canadian Shield Introduces New BioMask Face Masks

The BioMask is a revolutionary innovation in face masks that offers the same form and function as traditional medical-grade masks, but in a biodegradable format.

June 15, 2021   Logan Caswell


The Canadian Shield, a medical device manufacturer, has announced the launch of their new BioMask line of face masks. The BioMask, available in ASTM Level 1, 2 & 3, aims to combat the impacts of medical waste in landfills by offering an environmentally conscious to traditional disposable masks.

The BioMask is a revolutionary innovation in face masks that offers the same form and function as traditional medical-grade masks, but in a biodegradable format.

Currently, the majority of traditional medical-grade face masks in healthcare are procured through multi-year contracts with overseas manufacturers. In order to distribute the BioMask into hospitals, The Canadian Shield is said to be in the process of finalizing innovation contracts with national Shared Service Organizations and Group Purchasing Organizations. This will allow Canadian hospitals and municipalities across the country to purchase the BioMask at competitive rates, in line with existing overseas contracts.

The BioMask is particularly unique because of its ability to anaerobically biodegrade in the landfill, meaning it does not require oxygen to break down. In most landfills, where waste is compacted layer upon layer, it can be difficult for oxygen to reach below the surface.

Starting in July, The Canadian Shield is expected to begin transitioning their mask manufacturing lines, equipped with industry-leading automation and vision systems, over to the new proprietary blend of biodegradable material.

The Canadian Shield is also actively developing a series of other products using this proprietary biodegradable nonwoven material. The company expects to deliver a steady stream of product launches throughout 2021.

The BioMask is now available for pre-order in ASTM Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.


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