Radical Fibres - innovative face mask

Combining insight gathering skills with production knowledge

Design Futures, supported by Lab4Living, worked with Radical Fibres Limited to develop a protective mask system using Radical Fibres’ innovative, high performance biodegradable filter material. The aim of the project was to reduce the environmental impact of disposable masks.

This involved applying our research and insight gathering skills, and combining with an in-depth knowledge of diverse production methods. The human centred design approach we took included concept generation, user workshops and proof of concept prototyping. The prototypes were used to elicit objective research feedback that informed the development throughout the project.

The successful outcome was a design that achieved a low environmental impact, whilst being functionally effective, comfortable, easy to use and that had visual appeal.