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Aries Donates Face Masks for NC State University Spring 2021 Commencement

Entrepreneur collaborated with the Nonwovens Institute to develop durable, innovative mask that delivers comfort and breathability without sacrificing quality

Raleigh, NC — May 12, 2021 — Aries, maker of face masks and barrier face coverings, announced it is donating 12,000 of its face masks for graduates and attendees to wear at the NC State University commencement on May 15. The company, founded in 2020 by entrepreneur Chris Evans, worked with NC State’s Nonwovens Institute (NWI) to source and make proprietary changes to a novel, innovative spunbond textile developed by Behnam Pourdeyhimi, the Nonwovens Institute’s executive director.

“NC State is proud to show our graduates the advancement that is born from our university,” said Louis Hunt, NC State’s senior vice provost. “The innovation, at both NWI and Aries, serves as an inspiration to us all and especially for tomorrow’s leaders.”

The new Aries mask is one of the first on the market to combine comfort and fit with a high-filtration, breathable design that meets the ASTM F3502 international standard for barrier face coverings. The mask is made with fabric that includes Ingeo™, a bioplastic with a smaller carbon footprint than petroleum-based polymers, making it one of the most sustainable masks on the market. The fabric used in Aries masks, called Captur™, is made at the LINC facility at NC State. Each mask is designed to last for 40-hours, or a typical 5-day work week. All mask components are manufactured in the United States.

“The fabric that was developed at the Nonwovens Institute gave us a great foundation for a mask that breathes like cotton while offering medical-grade filtration,” Evans said. “We want to make sure our wearers are both protected and comfortable, whether at work or in a stadium full of graduates.”
Evans co-founded the Wolfpack Investor Network and currently serves on the NC State Entrepreneurs Advisory Board and Chancellor’s Innovation Fund selection committee.

“The Nonwovens Institute has worked tirelessly to provide filtration media during the pandemic,” Pourdeyhimi said. “In addition to being part of this year’s historic graduation ceremonies, we are proud that we have provided enough filter media to produce more than 200 million masks during the pandemic.”

About Aries
Aries (pronounced Air-Ease) believes that wearing a face mask should be a comfortable experience. Aries is dedicated to creating the best protective mask solutions through innovation. The company has partnered with leading U.S. providers of polymers and engineered fabrics to make Captur™, a novel, engineered fabric technology providing high levels of protective filtration combined with breathability. These superior masks solve the challenges of material availability, filtration and comfort. Made 100% in the United States, Aries ensures organizations are buying the highest quality mask to protect themselves and their employees. For more information, visit www.aries-usa.com.

About Nonwovens Institute
The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary field of engineered fabrics. Based at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the NWI is an innovative global partnership between industry, government and academe. Operating on an open innovation platform, the Nonwovens Institute engages experts from industry and higher education in building next-generation nonwoven applications while providing training and guidance to the field’s future leaders.

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Aries Partners with ZVerse to Distribute and Sell Aries Face Masks

Collaboration joins leading face mask maker with creator of the ZShield line of award-winning face shields and breakthrough PPE products

Raleigh, NC —April 28, 2021 — Aries, maker of face masks and barrier face coverings, today announced a partnership with ZVerse, one of the leading providers of face shields in the United States, to distribute and sell the Aries Work Week Face Mask.

The new Aries Work Week mask is the only face mask on the market to combine the best comfort and fit with a high-filtration, breathable design that meets national standards for barrier face coverings. The mask will be sold alongside the ZShield line of face shield products and can be easily worn together to maximize protection from COVID-19.

“It’s great that Zverse can now provide their customers with a face mask solution that offers the highest levels of protection and is also comfortable to wear,” says Chris Evans, founder and CEO of Aries Masks. “Covering the nose, ears and eyes ensures safety and allows the wearer to be comfortable throughout their workday.”

COVID-19 spreads in tiny droplets from an infected person’s mouth or nose when they cough, sneeze, speak or breathe heavily. Experts recommend wearing a filtered face mask as a minimum threshold of good protection and recommend pairing a mask with a face shield for superior protection.

“We are excited to be a part of this great partnership with Aries. The Aries Work Week Mask is the ideal complement to the ZVerse lineup of PPE products and delivers the protection and comfort our customers rely on to keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ZVerse Founder & CEO John Carrington. “As one of the largest manufacturers of face coverings in the U.S., ZVerse is committed to providing the best product. We are finding that our customers love the Aries mask for its superior design, protection, vocal clarity and reliable comfort and feel confident knowing when to replace the mask for maximum performance.”

The Aries Face Mask is currently available for purchase in a 5-pack. Each mask is designed to last for 40 hours, or a typical 5-day work week, and as part of a special bundle offer with the ZShield Ultra on ZVerse.com. For bulk orders of the Aries Face Mask, contact Aries USA or visit https://zshield.com/pages/bulk-order.

About Aries
At Aries, we believe that wearing a mask should not be an unpleasant experience. What good is high filtration capacity if you are constantly removing or adjusting your mask throughout the day in order to breathe?
Aries is dedicated to creating the best protective mask solutions through innovation. The company has partnered with leading U.S. providers of polymers and engineered fabrics to make Captur, a novel, engineered fabric technology providing high levels of protective filtration combined with breathability. These superior masks solve the challenges of material availability, filtration, and comfort. Made 100% in the U.S., Aries ensures organizations are buying the highest quality mask to protect them and their employees. For more information, visit www.aries-usa.com.

About ZVerse
ZVerse was founded in 2013 by John Carrington in Columbia SC. ZVerse, a digital manufacturing ecosystem, currently provides the only CAD as a Service (CADaaS) platform and designer marketplace. ZVerse recently launched the next generation of its Digital Manufacturing Enablement (DME) platform, an AI drive workflow solution – a category defining technology for digital manufacturing and OEMs. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ZVerse adapted its business model to quickly produce and distribute its new personal protective equipment product, ZShield, to hundreds of thousands of citizens. To learn more visit zverse.com and zshield.com.

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Aries Announces Work Week Barrier Face Covering to Protect Today’s Workforce

The nonwoven barrier face covering masks were designed to meet the new American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard F3502

Raleigh, NC —[April 13, 2021] — Aries, maker of barrier face coverings, today announced the public release of the Aries Work Week Barrier Face Covering, which meets the newly released ASTM standard F3502-21 at Level 2 (high performance) for both filtration and breathability. The Aries Work Week Barrier Face Covering provides business operators with a third-party tested and verified barrier face covering to protect their workforce for an entire 40-hour work week.

“Companies want to return to work. Employees want to be able to breathe freely and be comfortable through an 8-hour workday,” said Chris Evans, CEO of Aries USA. The Aries Work Week Barrier Face Covering is one of the first to comply with the ASTM 3502 standard, delivering both filtration and breathability at Level 2, which are high performance standards. “Our masks carry the ‘meets ASTM 3502’ label on each product, guaranteeing that users are getting the performance they need and expect.”