French company works to recycle masks into PPE

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Plaxtil is a France-based company

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — While the world continues the battle against the coronavirus, there’s a new green solution for those blue masks.

You’ve probably noticed these masks discarded on the ground — and with so many people wearing them, that’s adding up to a lot of excess waste. Plaxtil is a France-based company that was initially set up to turn textiles into plastic.

But since mid-June, it has up-cycled thousands of face masks.

After the metal noseband is removed, the material is ready to use, which is then disinfected as it passes through ultra-violet light. It is then pressed into plastic and molded into new types of protective equipment — from visors to attachments to help hold masks in place.

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