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Face mask made with sustainability in mind

Swatches | August 1, 2021 | By:

The Easy Mask’s Deja™ yarn is 100 percent recyclable at the end of use and can be repeatedly reprocessed without harmful emissions or discharges to create new high value-added products. Photo: STOLL, a brand of the Karl Mayer Group.

In the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for masks continues worldwide. 

A collaborative initiative between Indorama Ventures, DyeCoo and STOLL has resulted in Easy Mask, a fashionable mask manufactured with sustainability in mind throughout the production process, from yarn production to dyeing, design and manufacturing, according to a press release from Germany-based knitting machine technology provider STOLL, a brand of the Karl Mayer Group.

The polyester performance yarn Deja from Thailand’s Indorama Ventures is made from 100 percent postconsumer recycled PET bottles. The yarn is dyed with the supercritical carbon dioxide (sc-CO2) textile dyeing technology by the Dutch company DyeCoo at CleanDye Factory. The sc-CO2 dyeing machines can dye yarns or fabric rolls in a closed-loop process without using water and process chemicals.

The mask is knitted on a STOLL CMS 530 HP B E 7.2 machine. The design approach allows customization, on-demand production and reduces production waste to below 1 percent. The mask may be reused by washing it at 140°F, and all components can be easily removed and reused for other masks.

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