The disposal of face masks and medical waste during the COVID-19 pandemic is putting increasing pressure on the environment.

According to statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic in mainland China, 116 million tons of masks were consumed every day.

Especially during the peak of the outbreak, hospitals in Wuhan released about 240 tons of medical waste every day.

Most of Hong Kong’s 7.4 million people have for weeks been putting on single-use face masks every day in the hope of warding off the coronavirus. 

To tackle this problem, AirX has now launched the world’s first ever coffee mask made from Vietnamese coffee, which is antibacterial, reusable and biodegradable. 

Thanh Le, founder of ShoeX, said, “AirX is not just a recommendation to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but preserve the planet as well.”

These qualities have been committed since the AirX idea was born four months ago, when the Coronavirus pandemic started.

“The face mask deserves to have a longer life than just one-time use. Eco-friendliness, according to us, is not the only selling point of AirX because we all need to take it by default, as a proactive step towards cleaner living habits,” Thanh Le said.

AirX are antimicrobial face masks with 99.99% dual antibacterial technology for two layers of protection.

The first layer is woven from coffee yarn using PowerKnit technology, providing a comfortable fit, but softness for sensitive skin.

The face mask has a biodegradable filter inside, which is developed by silver nanotechnology and coffee. The mask is washable and reusable while its filter doesn’t need to be washed, but can be replaced after 30 days.

AirX has obtained the AATCC 100 certification (the textile industry’s standard for antimicrobial fabric performance in the USA) from QUATEST 3.

“For the next development, we have successfully embedded technology in producing recycledAirX coffee mask with N95 feature, the product will be launched soon to the market,” the founder revealed.

Each coffee mask, as well as coffee filter, has a custom-designed three-layer packaging to ensure sterilised function by a nano silver filter.

AirX also has excellent natural coffee aroma that can cheer users up, while offering UV protection with fashionable designs in stylish colours. 

Thanh Le shared, “The best thing about AirX is being the first step to deliver a healthy solution with 100% vegan components that everyone can buy. It’s not too difficult or expensive to start being mindful of our consumption habits with environmentally friendly, natural and green products. With current resources, AirX can supply to mass production with quantities up to 10,000 masks daily, making it able to meet high demand rates for face masks globally.”