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.