At AirX we wanted to deliver a face mask that not only protects you, but also protects the environment. That’s why we chose to source our masks made out of a new, sustainable fibre called coffee yarn.
We believe that fabrics made from products that would otherwise go to waste are incredibly important for a greener planet. Over the last couple of decades, the textile industry has been at the forefront of new technologies that contribute to reducing waste and carbon emissions.
What is Coffee Yarn?
Our face mask is woven using coffee yarn which is a bio-tec material that’s produced from coffee waste. Did you know that global coffee production creates in excess of 23 millions tons of waste? The majority of which goes straight into landfills. Coffee yarn is made by processing roasted coffee grounds and turning them into fabric.
The process of turning coffee beans into fabric is pretty simple! It involves transforming the coffee residue into an upcycled material and spinning it into coffee yarn.
The resultant fabric that comes out is soft, flexible, waterproof and breathable which makes it perfect for making into things such as shoes & face masks.
What are the benefits of using Coffee Yarn?
Aside from the fabric being soft & breathable, coffee yarn has other great properties.
- Odour Control – Since the grounds are embedded into the coffee yarn, you can wear things made out of it for much longer than you would with regular fabric.
- UV Protection – coffee yarn comes with microscopic pores which create a natural and chemical free shield, which reflects UV rays for a comfortable outdoor experience.
- Keeps you cool – Coffee yarn is able to cool down the temperature of your skin by about 1-2 degrees compared to other fabrics which makes it great in hot environments such as public transport.
- Fast drying – Coffee yarn continually wicks moisture away from your skin to the outer surface of the fabric for faster drying. This makes it comfortable in sweaty environments such as when you’re exercising.
It’s good for the environment!
Reusing products that would otherwise be wasted is key to making the AirX face mask as sustainable as possible. As we said before, the coffee industry contributes millions of tons of waste that would otherwise end up in landfill. In our masks, almost everything is made from coffee yarn, so the product is 100% sustainable and helps us keep waste out of landfill. Even the replaceable internal filter is made from coffee yarn which makes it 100% biodegradable.
If you want to see more about how we’ve utilised coffee yarn into our masks, head to our product page.