Pune based student makes affordable N95 masks

ST Staff
Friday, 3 July 2020

Talking to Sakal Times Vaibhav said, “At my home town, I employed 20 workers who work for developing these masks and of the 20 employees, 15 are female and all of them get a daily wage of Rs 400.”

Pune: The central government has made mandatory use of facemask in order to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus. Number of companies have come up with different types of masks such as 3-D masks, transparent masks and more. We all know about the N95 masks. These masks are specially designed to protect the wearer from contaminated and harmful air droplets. These masks are generally expensive than that of the cotton masks.

Now, a Pune based college students have come up came up with an inexpensive N95 mask. Vaibhav Agrawal, a student perusing his Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Pune has established his own start-up under the named The Pins Culture.

He found that many people are using scarves and handkerchiefs to cover their face as they were unable to afford the N95 face masks used by the elite.  He decided to do something about this and started manufacturing reusable, washable cotton face masks for the benefit of the community which were as good as N95 face masks.
 
Talking to Sakal Times Vaibhav said, “At my home town, I employed 20 workers who work for developing these masks and of the 20 employees, 15 are female and all of them get a daily wage of Rs 400.”
 
This also helps the workers to earn a good amount as well as people can also afford these masks at relatively cheaper price. The company manufactures approximately 2,000 masks every day and all of them are sold almost across all districts of Maharashtra.  The masks are priced between Rs 12 to Rs 40 per face mask depending on the quality of cloth used for making the same.”

Talking about the product Vaibhav elaborated "It has taken utmost care in the process of manufacturing and quality standards are maintained. We have laid safety measures so that the workers maintain hygiene and also maintain social distance while the masks are stitched. Periodic temperature checks, oxygen level checking and hand sanitisation are a part of the normal process so that hygienic condition is maintained in the production process."
 

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