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Mask manufacturers adopt regulatory compliant VPT to ensure protection from emerging infections

Shardul Nautiyal, Mumbai
Thursday, February 11, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

To control Covid-19 in a more effective way, leading face mask manufacturers have adopted technologies like Virus Protection Technology (VPT) approved by regulatory authorities globally to ensure maximum breathability while ensuring protection through anti-viral and anti-bacterial coating.

Alarmed with the new strain of virus post-Covid -19 outbreak, Union health ministry is also in the process of evolving harmonized standard for community face coverings and is encouraging manufacturers to develop uniquely designed breath-easy mask equipped with superior technologies like VPT to ensure maximum breathability while keeping the consumer and patient protected.

The proprietary VPT technology which has been developed by leading mask manufacturer Guardwiser in India is a non-alcoholic, non-heavy metal based – food grade product. It has naturally derived ingredients sourced from coconut oil.

Explains Rishi Mehra, founder, Guardwiser, “Guardwisers N99 Breatheasy mask is equipped with the revolutionary breakthrough VPT. Its ingredients are approved by USEPA, European BPR, New Zealand primary industry for the use of food contact surfaces and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Ministry of Health, Australia for the claim against corona virus.”

VPT treated garments are proven to have 99.9% anti-bacterial efficacy even after 100 washes and anti-viral efficacy even after 50 washes. It is a single solution for multiple problems such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and mold.

“The N99 filter between the two fabric layers filters more than 99% of airborne particulate matter greater than 2.5 microns. The mask is stabilized in food grade aqueous solution whereas other mask coating is metal based. The technology is non-leaching, locking and bonding technology and sticks to garment for upto 100 washes. It is anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-odour for upto 100 washes. It kills microbes by a mechanical process and not by a chemical method,” explains Mehra.

Its uniqueness lies in that it is a green technology as it decomposes as oxygen, nitrogen and sand. It does not penetrate the skin nor accumulates in the environment and does not contain carcinogenic compounds. Its material is derived from coconut oil.

Whereas other mask coating is metal based and erodes after a few washes. Chemical methods used in such mask to kill microbes pollute riverbeds, soil and environment. It also bio accumulates in body and environment and contains carcinogenic compounds.  

“Currently VPT masks are sold only through the brand website and Amazon. As long as consumers procure using these distribution channels, we also do not foresee any threat from the grey market for the quality products and are certain of its production source through a robust track and trace mechanism,” Mehra concludes while talking about the market scenario.

 

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