Compostable personal protective equipment (PPE) will begin manufacturing in Calgary and Winnipeg later this year.
Two manufacturing plants are being set up – one in Calgary and one in Winnipeg – which are expected to create up to 350 jobs, officials said.
The Calgary plant will be a high volume automated nonwoven manufacturing facility that will create compostable masks, gowns and other medical equipment.
The two companies responsible for production are Precision Advanced Digital Manufacturing and Roswell Downhole Technologies. A statement released earlier this week says Precision Advanced Digital Manufacturing has acquired Roswell Downhole Technologies to manufacture PPE.
The herbal three-layer mask designed by Roswell and Precision is said to be 100% compostable.
The companies won a Canadian competition to create a compostable material.
Precision ADM specializes in the production of medical equipment and Roswell manufactures capping tubes and cables for the oil field.
Over the past year and a half, Roswell has shifted to manufacturing products for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Precision and Roswell claim that the production and distribution of these masks will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. They also claim that the product will meet the expectations of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Each pack of masks will come with a certified carbon offset sticker.
The challenge of creating compostable materials and manufacturing them in Canada was approved by the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.