A Bolton-based company is among 37 in Greater Manchester to benefit from funding which will help them tackle climate change.
Eco-I North West is a research and development initiative which supports small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) from any sector to develop low carbon innovations.
Launched in 2020, its aim is to cut 3,850 tonnes of CO2 emissions, supporting the Government’s target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The three-year programme, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is done in partnership between businesses and six of the North West’s leading universities – Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Metropolitan.
My Medical Mask, based in Bolton, is developing a new medical grade, reusable and transparent respirator mask made from biodegradable materials.
Director, Dr Usman Riaz, said: "We are dedicated to finding viable, sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives to single-use PPE and we firmly believe our innovation could be a real game-changer for the healthcare sector.
"The development of this mask will dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of the sector, reduce waste, and significantly improve communication between patients and practitioners.
"The research and development work carried out in partnership with Lancaster University has been extraordinary and we would encourage other SMEs to explore the opportunities."
Date: 27 July