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SpiderTech building strapless face masks

Masks can be worn for up to 8 hours


Health & Safety

June 8, 2020
By Alanna Fairey

When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Toronto-based SpiderTech shifted their production from making precut kinesiology tape for athletes to providing do-it-yourself adhesive masks for medical workers and the public to help prevent the spread of the virus.

According to SpiderTech CEO Montu Khokhar, the company made the tactical decision to shift production when images of frontline workers wearing N95 masks started circulating on the internet.

Khokhar said the images left a profound impact on him and his team.

“We just started seeing all these horrible pictures of frontline workers with these marks on their face and their ears bleeding,” Khokhar said in an interview with Canadian Manufacturing. “We also saw that they were constantly moving and touching their face because they’re using these face masks.”

“So my team and I decided to start developing our own base protection and face masks.”

The strapless masks, sourced from local materials, are made from 100 per cent gradable cotton that is breathable with an adhesive liner on the back specifically designed for skin.

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