Australian Primary Hemp (ASX:APH) has launched its new hemp-based face masks and hemp-infused hand sanitiser merchandise.
In a short announcement yesterday, the corporate stated it had developed the merchandise in response to considerations over the environmental affect of discarded PPE gadgets.
In July, the BBC reported the COVID-19 pandemic is leading to 129 billion face masks getting used each month and this has vital environmental implications; significantly when masks aren’t disposed of accurately. Improperly discarded masks not solely pose a menace to human well being, but in addition to that over varied ecosystems, together with marine environments.
APH’s hemp-based face masks, which comprise three layers of hemp and hemp-blended materials, are reusable, biodegradable, and sustainably-sourced states the corporate. APH says the masks ship 99.9% lower in microbial depend, licensed by SGS.
The hand sanitiser, infused with hemp seed oil* and Australian native bush mint balm, complies with World Health Organisation (WHO) requirements.
“Orders for these PPE products are valued at more than $315,000 to date, and APH will commence supplying the face masks to Australian and international retailers immediately,” according to the firm; which famous the hemp-infused hand sanitiser is already out there on-line.
Hemp-based PPE has been more and more showing on the COVID-19 administration scene. One of the primary mass-produced merchandise out there was from Australia’s Ecofibre subsidiary Hemp Black – which doesn’t really include any hemp fibre however a hemp flower extract.
Since then, hemp face masks utilizing fibre from the versatile plant have popped up in every single place, primarily from cottage trade members – however a French company can also be now mass-producing the PPE merchandise.
When looking for a face masks, whether or not it’s made with hemp or another fibre, make certain it complies with WHO guidelines.
Australian Primary Hemp was established in 2016 and covers every little thing from seed choice, cultivation and processing to packaging beneath contract, bulk and retail gross sales. All its seed primarily based merchandise are made with Australian hemp, however it’s not clear if the masks are made with hemp fibre sourced in Australia.