A team of researchers in the BioProducts Institute at the University of British Columbia has developed biodegradable COVID-19 mask prototypes, made from locally sourced wood fibers and pulp.

The coronavirus pandemic will result in millions — if not billions — of masks polluting streets and entering rivers and oceans, creating a massive environmental impact. That’s why it is important now to test more robust and flexible supply chains that assure the masks are protective and compostable at the same time.