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). 


Key Benefits


More economical than other high-temperature resistant fabrics on the market.


Won’t absorb moisture or promote mold.

Excellent Chemical Resistance

High resistance to a broad range of acids and alkalis.

Versatile Fiber

Nonwoven polypropylene fiber is a great choice for many products due to its versatility and strength.

Product Details

Properties 100% Polypropylene Polypropylene G1, G2
Tensile Strength Very Good Very Good
Abrasion Resistance Good Good
Acid Resistance Good Good
Alkali Resistance Moderate Moderate
Oxidation Resistance Moderate Moderate
Operating Temperature 375°F (190 °C) 375°F (190 °C)
Manufactured Weight Range 10 – 18 oz/yd² (335- 600 g/m²) 13 – 18 oz/yd² (440 – 600 g/m²)
Manufactured Thickness Range 0.07″-0.15″ (1.9mm – 3.9mm) 0.07″-0.15″ (1.9mm – 3.9mm)
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Polypropylene has proven to be an invaluable fiber for industrial uses with very high resistance to acids, alkalis, mold, and other organic solvents, zero moisture absorption, low operating temperature, and resistance to abrasion. It removes fine particles from the air, soil, and water in filtration applications while providing soil stability in civil applications such as road building. Polypropylene is breathable, flexible, and doesn’t cause skin irritation, making it a practical option for hygiene applications. It also helps reduce noise pollution and energy costs in thermal and acoustic insulation applications. However, Polypropylene’s leading superpower is its water-wicking ability, making it useful as a geotextile in civil applications. Since it’s naturally hydrophobic (can’t absorb moisture), the fabric performs well in outdoor upholstery and apparel applications.


Albarrie uses only 100% virgin fibers.


Albarrie inspects and tests each order as part of our Quality Assurance program, providing datasheets for weight, thickness, permeability, Mullen burst, and tensile strength according to ASTM standards.

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