But that's not all. Sustainable FFP2 masks are not only fully recyclable, their production also generates significantly lower CO2 emissions than conventional protective face masks. "Climate neutrality is important to us, not only in terms of our responsibility to the environment, but it also means assuming an increasingly important role in complying with regulations, such as those imposed by EU taxonomy," says Günter Grabher.
The Grabher Group has therefore geared its entire production process to achieving the lowest possible carbon footprint. For example, the company avoids long transport routes and manufactures masks entirely at its site in Lustenau (Austria). The feedstock used is an ISCC PLUS certified polypropylene made by Borealis based on The Bornewables™: These premium polyolefins are produced from renewable feedstock derived entirely from waste and residue streams, offering the same material performance as virgin polyolefins, while having a significantly smaller carbon footprint.
The face mask nonwoven is produced with green power on energy-efficient line technology from Reifenhäuser. "Our line technology efficiently processes the feedstock into nonwoven," says Rösner. To achieve this, however, it is important that the line operates at optimum capacity - because recycled stock is somewhat more complex to process than virgin material. "Here, we had and continue to receive a lot of support from the experts at Reifenhäuser," says Günter Grabher. In mathematical terms, a recyclable FFP2 mask therefore has a carbon footprint of 8 grams of CO2 equivalent - one tenth of a conventional mask produced in Asia.