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Jakarta Post

Bacterial cellulose provides hope for eco-friendly medical mask

Final touches: Workers check masks produced by PT The Univenus Cikupa, Cikupa, Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday. The company, which is a subsidiary of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), itself a subsidiary of Sinarmas group, can produce 7.5 million Medishield masks per month, which it distributes across the country.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Jakarta   ●   Mon, December 14 2020



More than nine months after its outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic’s infection curve in Indonesia is still on the rise. The virus is so contagious that personal protective equipment is imperative for survival. Therefore, during this so-called new normal, masks are a must-wear item for everyone.
However, the huge demand for medical masks worldwide has threatened supply. Besides, waste from medical masks is cause for environmental concern. Consequently, the search for sustainable and environmentally friendly raw materials to produce masks is intensifying.
We all know that bacterial cellulose (BC) has been around for ages. In Indonesia and other Asian countries, BC is known as “nata de coco.” However, with the unique properties of BC, including its high purity, high crystallinity, light weight, network morphology, fiber stren...

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