By Lauren Bens
Scott Smith, CEO and Founder of BioFoam, has never been afraid to get dirty in natural disaster areas including major oil spills, and now, Smith is helping to combat the contagious coronavirus and other viruses and pathogens on the frontlines and in family homes everywhere.
Smith has been serious about sustainability since before sustainability was a “thing,” and even owned a company that focused on environmentally friendly biodegradable foams back in the late 90s. His biodegradable, and of course, sustainable foams used in applications from footwear to football helmets, along with other unique properties caught the attention of the US Military who in the late 1990’s reached out to him about making what’s called an Open-Cell foam.
Currently, Scott has pivoted and created a collaborative partnership with THROW NYC, which offers hundreds of jobs to women in the garment industry. More fashion designers work in New York City than anywhere else in the country and a lot is at stake for the thousands of people who are either furloughed or laid off. Both Scott Smith of BioFoam and Anthony Lilore of THROW NYC, two US Companies, have partnered together to create BioShield™ and give an opportunity to many women in NYC to get back to work in the garment industry.
Fashionable. Sustainable. Safe. That is the best way to describe the BioShield which is one mask that is equal to 20 cloth masks! The sustainable Open-Cell foam which has been adapted for COVID-19, has been proven and used by the US Military since 2002, mitigates the risk of infection from airborne pathogens and the risk of you infecting others. The BioShield™ Mask provides 22 square feet of surface area while the typical cloth shield provides .58 square feet of surface area.
Here are some Facts!
At 20x the surface area of cloth masks, the BioShield™ mask significantly increases the probability that airborne pathogens will be blocked and/or trapped in the high surface area Open-Cell capillary network versus a cloth shield or wearing 20 cloth masks!
As cited in recent research by National Center for Biotechnology Information, Inhalation risks of micro (nano) plastic debris from masks, respirators, and face coverings”
- “…there is already a growing body of evidence on the inhalation of micro(nano)plastics and their adverse effects in humans and animals..”
- “Respirable hazards such as micro(nano)plastics present in these may escalate from once an occupational hazard to a public health issue. As a quickly expanding research domain, researchers studying the inhalation of micro (nano) plastics through atmospheric or anthropogenic sources are now facing the reality that there is a piece of plastic garment on top of the mouth and nose for millions of people every day.”
All you need to know is that Open-Cell Foam equals the ultimate obstacle course, thereby maximizing the probability that viral particles don’t make it into your nose, throat, lungs or those around you! Plus, BioShield does not pose the risk of inhalation of microplastic debris like the masks made from nanotechnology or nanofiber.
In order to make surfaces safer when you’re on the go, Scott is currently in the process of producing a travel kit with sanitizing wipes. Where will you find Scott next? Wherever he is needed the most!
Reference Link: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7537728/