The company sells biodegradable, plant-based masks, truly coming full circle with free return of used masks for recycling into new ones
A company that GNN began supporting in 2017 as it made cutting-edge scarves that filter air at the N95 level or above, has gone above and beyond, producing a new single-use mask that closes the cycle of life for each carrier concerned on the environment, especially since the coronavirus has created so much waste in landfills.
The company G95 (formerly Bioscarf) is so committed to sustainability that it started developing a special version of its filtration material after seeing the damage to our oceans from PPE thrown out since the start of the pandemic.
Everything about the new Oceanshield mask, from the earrings to the nose bridge, is made entirely from 100% biodegradable, plant-based PLA materials. This includes the bags they are shipped in, the individual packaging for each product, and built-in G95 filtration technology.
But how they “go beyond” is the best part. When you’re done with the mask, instead of throwing it away, just put it in the envelope it arrived in and send it back to the company for free – and they’ll recycle them into new masks!
If any of the masks make it to the landfill or waterway because they are made from 100% plant-based materials, they will biodegrade completely in about 90 days.
âLaboratory tested and certified! says company founder Carlton Solle, speaking with GNN. âThis is the world’s first single-use mask made from 100% plant-based materials. “
And they’ll give you a $ 1.00 store credit for every Oceanshield mask you return for responsible disposal.
Also, because Carlton and his co-founder, wife Hazel Solle, really want to keep masks from polluting the ocean in the end, you can send them used masks from ANY other manufacturer and receive $ 25 credit. in store G95 for each returned. .
Crazy genius, right?
How to close the lifecycle loop
When you receive your shipment, carefully open it using the tear-away strip on the back. Keep your bag as you will need it to return your used masks. At the end of each day, simply put your used mask in the bag, along with the packaging it came in.
When you have used up all the masks, put them in the bag, place the attached postal return sticker on the old sticker on the front of the bag. Be sure to complete the attached card with your details and enter the number of masks you are returning to receive the store credit mentioned above.
âWe’ve spent years developing them and we’re really passionate about them,â says Solle. “Considering the state of affairs, this will be a real game changer.”
Their founding story is as good as the product
While on a business trip to China, Carlton Solle fell ill, possibly due to complications from air pollution. As an alternative to wearing an ugly mask for protection, he turned to fashion. Back in Atlanta, his wife Hazel came up with the idea of ââdesigning a product that would work both as a scarf and as a filter. (You may have seen the photo of our GNN founder wearing one during the California wildfires when the air was so bad.)
For people traveling outside of the United States, these masks are FFP2 classified, and they have been submitted for FFP2 and CE registrations, so you can use them anywhere in the world. Some European airlines may require masks rated FFP2 to board passengers.
The company, G95, currently ships its products FREE within 1-2 days, using USPS Priority Mail to the United States. ship international orders over $ 100 FREE via UPS.
Discount code for GNN readers gives 20% off
If you enter the code GNN20 At checkout, you’ll get a 20% discount on any order over $ 100.
The G95 website offers a number of products that filter with their G95 technology, which they say is âlike N95 on steroidsâ. Their hoodies and sweaters are designed to filter the nose and mouth, and their gaiters and masks can be washed 50 times while maintaining an N95 rating. They also have an informative FAQ page here.
The Oceanshield is available now and sold in packs of 30 for $ 79 USD through the G95 website.
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