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Aries donated 12,000 of its face masks for graduates and attendees to wear at the NC State University commencement on May 15. 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, executive director of the Nonwovens Institute at NC State.
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.
“NC State is proud to show our graduates the advancement that is born from our university. The innovation, at both NWI and Aries, serves as an inspiration to us all and especially for tomorrow’s leaders.” – Louis Hunt, NC State’s senior vice provost
“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. We want to make sure our wearers are both protected and comfortable, whether at work or in a stadium full of graduates.” – Chris Evans, CEO and Founder Aries USA
“The Nonwovens Institute has worked tirelessly to provide filtration media during the pandemic. 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.” – Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director, Nonwovens Institute