FPInnovations to develop biodegradable face mask filters


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Canadian pulp and paper mills will manufacture the product aiming for domestic and international markets.

OTTAWA — FPInnovations is getting $1.3 million from the federal government to develop a biodegradable filter for single-use face masks.

The not-for-profit that specializes in innovations supporting the Canadian forest sector will develop the filters using sustainable and biodegradable material made from forest fibres. Canadian pulp and paper mills will manufacture the product that will be used domestically and aimed at international markets.

This investment is part of Natural Resources Canada’s Transformative Technologies Program’s contribution agreement with FPInnovations through the Forest Innovation Program.

The demand for PPE has increased as the pandemic continues. Canada’s forest workers are demonstrating how our natural resource sectors will help Canada rebound economically from COVID-19.




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