The Jute cellulose-based PPE is a prototype material for masks and protective garments made from jute, which is a leafy plant native to Bangladesh. The material is comprised of cellulose, creating a liquid- and air-proof material that is designed to be biodegradable after use.
The technology is patented by Dr. Mubarak Ahmad Khan and was trademarked by the Bangladesh Jute Mill Corporation in 2017 but is still undergoing testing.
This product was selected for inclusion in WHO’s 2021 Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low‐Resource Settings.
Market Suggested Retail Price
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
None, as of 2020
The jute cellulose is extracted through a processes that includes treatment, hydrolysis, then polymerization, resulting in a biodegradable polymer sheet that can be used for PPE products.
Intellectural Property Type
300 x 600 x 1500 mm sheets
Intended for single-use
Indispensable equipment for function (Y / N)
Maintenance or calibration required by user at time of use? (Y/N)
Material(s) used in product
Cellulose extracted from the jute leaf
Power supply type: Continuous, Recharging only (V, time required, battery life), Other
Shelf life expectancy is 0-2 years
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
This product is designed to be "water and air-proof"