This has led to a cottage industry of handmade, reusable masks. Called the AirX, the new face mask from Vietnam is touted as “the world’s first-ever coffee mask” and is reusable, 100% vegan, biodegradable, and antimicrobial. It has obtained AATCC 100 certification, “the textile industry’s standard for antimicrobial fabric performance in the United States.” Per Yahoo Finance, the coffee component of the mask comes in two forms: the coffee yarn using “Powerknit technology” that comprised the mask itself as well as the biodegradable air filter insert, made with “silver nanotechnology and coffee” and meant to withstand 30 days’ use.

“AirX is not just a recommendation to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but preserve the planet as well,” states ShoeX founder Thanh Le. “The face mask deserves to have a longer life than just one-time use. Eco-friendliness, according to us, is not the only selling point of AirX because we all need to take it by default, as a proactive step towards cleaner living habits.”

Available in five colors—white, black, grey, blue, and of course coffee brown—the AirX masks are as much accessory as they are a necessity. And ShoeX isn’t stopping with just the AirX masks. Per Yahoo, Thanh Le unveiled their next development: the AirX N95 reusable coffee masks, which will be “launching soon to the demanding market.” Available via ShoeX’s official website, AirX masks come in a pack of five for 445,000 VNĐ ($19 USD).

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