These Abaca Fiber Masks in Misamis Oriental Make a Statement for Sustainable Protection
Kenneth Mheil Mangaya- Ay | May 29, 2020
The Abaca is a vital crop to the Philippine economy in a big way. Cultivated mostly in the Visayas and Mindanao Island, Abaca fibers are grown across 176,549 hectares of farmlands by over 122,758 farmers. It plays a vital role in the growing global advocacy for environmental protection and forest conservation. Being the strongest among natural fibers and having superior qualities over the materials, abaca fibers are preferred over man-made fibers such as plastics and other synthetic materials by various industries around the world, according to the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority.
Because of its non-slipping characteristics and non-damaging effect on the marine ecosystem, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 10 partnered with Salay Handmade Paper Industries Inc., a social enterprise located in Salay, Misamis Oriental, to bring to life the 7XB Eco-Friendly Fiber Mask.
Using abaca as its main material, these face masks have better filtration and protection than cloth variants, as tested by the Department of Science and Technology. Also, it is washable by soaking it in water with soap. When the mask reaches its serviceable life limit, it decomposes faster since there were no plastics or harmful chemicals used in its fabrication, according to the Philippine Information Agency.
For orders and inquiries, visit Fiber Mask – SevenXb.