With facemasks serving as a hot commodity for the entire world, homegrown developments are just what we need to keep our local industries running.
Abaca facemasks from Misamis Oriental-based company Salay Handmade Products Industries, Incorporated (SHPII) have been found to be a lot more effective than the regular masks we’ve been using.
Through tests from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the company’s ‘7XB Fiber Masks‘ proved to be 7 times better filtration than cloth masks – as Abaca holds strong fibers serving as filters. It also absorbs less water than N95 respirators.
The reusable mask is also much more eco-friendly than regular masks, as it has an easier decomposition rate given it’s not made from harmful chemicals.
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Scientifically called ‘Musa textilis‘, Abaca has been a longtime alternative component of surgical facemasks and Personal protective equipment (PPE), with PH serving as the world’s number one supplier of the natural fiber.
‘With the new normal, demand for face masks will spike exponentially worldwide. PPEs are just one of the hundred end products of the precious abaca plant,‘ shared Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA)’s Kennedy Costales.
The local farming industry could also spike alongside PhilFIDA’s ‘dream to bring local abaca farmers into processing so they can share with the wealth that comes with abaca.’
Meanwhile, SHPII’s project has also piqued the interest of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), as they’ve ordered over 1,000 pieces for Cagayan de Oro frontliners.
Before our locally-produced facemasks hit the international scene though, it’s ultimately up to local units to see its benefits and give PH artisans and sewers the livelihood to produce more masks.
You can order the Abaca facemasks here
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