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Sustainable medical mouth-nose masks

The focus of this project is to bring a new type of FFP2 mask, the Pro-Mouth-nose mask, to the market. This mask is more sustainable than other masks and offers a higher guarantee of delivery as the entire production chain will take place in Europe.

Start year 2021
End year 2022

About the project

The project started with a feasibility study on market introduction. The mouth-nose mask is an innovative product that is made almost entirely (95%) from biological renewable raw materials: PLA with bio-PP for a filtering effect and recycled steel for the nose bridge. As the mouth-nose mask is 20-45% lighter, less raw materials are used.

The development and production of the new ProM mask will be more sustainable by using the knowledge and skills of previous in-house development and production processes combined with the knowledge and expertise of prominent Dutch scientific knowledge and training institutes.

Together, we aim for a sustainable future by making and keeping innovative, sustainable mouth-nose masks available for healthcare in the Netherlands and, where possible, the rest of Europe.

We have been able to produce a new affordable and sustainable FFP2 medical mask. These masks are ready to be tested and certified by the proper notified bodies in 2023 and may eventually be brought to the market.

This research is supported by Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

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Sustainable medical mouth-nose masks

The focus of this project is to bring a new type of FFP2 mask, the Pro-Mouth-nose mask, to the market. This mask is more sustainable than other masks and offers a higher guarantee of delivery as the entire production chain will take place in Europe.

Start year 2021
End year 2022

About the project

In this research, Eindhoven Engine and its partners will focus on the development of sustainable medical isolation gowns that can be used multiple times: the ProH I-gown. In addition, an investigation will take place into how the production capacity can be made (economically) scalable and flexible when necessary.

These sustainable medical isolation gowns can save six tons of CO2 per million gowns. If these isolation gowns are fully utilized during crisis situations, the result could be a saving of 0.2% of the total plastic waste stream in the Netherlands. In addition, ProH I-gowns stimulate the production of protective clothing in Europe.

The execution of this research consists of two phases. Eindhoven Engine, research organization TNO and manufacturer HAVEP will carry out a technical feasibility assessment in the first phase. A business case will also be set up. The gowns will be made of woven PET material with an environmentally friendly coating. Research will also be carried out into the durability and wearability of these gowns. In phase two of the project, the concrete industrialization will be worked out in detail.

In the first and second quarter of 2022, HAVEP started the production of the sustainable medical isolation gowns. The gowns were tested in the Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis with positive results. The Life Cycle Analyses (LCA) also had a positive outcome. Due to the rapidly changing market, among other things, we have currently frozen the further development of ProH I-gowns.

This research is supported by Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).