Medical masks have been used to prevent the spread of airborne diseases since the 17th-century plague. Back then, craftspeople made masks from leather and glass-like face shields. In today’s world, polypropylene has become the choice of technical fabric for making medical-grade masks due to its ability to efficiently filter airborne particles. Polypropylene is very flexible and can be easily molded into different shapes. Polypropylene has been used as an industrial air filter media in baghouses for decades. This versatile fabric is economical to manufacture when compared to other fabrics, and offers superior strength, exceptional elasticity, and remarkable resiliency, making it a popular material in many markets, from filtration to healthcare, construction, apparel, and more.
Albarrie relies on polypropylene to produce heavyweight nonwoven geotextiles and custom baghouse filter bags and is a fabric option for the Affinity Industrial Air Filter Media line. We manufacture polypropylene technical fabric weighing between 5.9 and 59 oz/yd² (200-2000 g/m²) with thicknesses between 0.039 and 0.47 in (1-12mm).