The TenderGuard product portfolio from the fiber-based materials solution supplier Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oy, Helsinki/Finland, consists of soft, comfortable, and protective fabrics. TenderGuard BioBased and BioFilter fabrics are designed for civil use and source control for infectious disease. They are biodegradable and compostable under controlled conditions according to European Norm EN13432. TenderGuard Natural and Smooth fabrics are designed for medical face masks. They are protective, hypoallergenic, and environmentally friendly.
TenderGuard BioBased can be used as an inner or outer coverstock layer of a civil face mask. It is highly breathable, biocompatible, and non-irritating, so it is gentle on the skin and comfortable to wear for long durations. Mainly comprised of polylactic acid, it is an alternative to synthetic spunbond material. TenderGuard BioFilter is a sustainable filter media that can be used as a single layer or combined as a double layer. The fabric is 100% bio-based, made up of a special blend of cellulosic and cellulose-based man-made fibers.
TenderGuard Natural is a wetlaid fabric that can be used as the inner or outer layer of a face mask. It is environmentally friendly, and the hypoallergic inner layer makes it very soft for the wearer. With both layers together, it achieves nearly 50% bacterial filtration efficiency. TenderGuard Smooth consists of bicomponent spunbond fabrics that are made with a proprietary technology that minimizes raised fibers. This creates a smooth surface to help eliminate any skin irritation. TenderGuard Smooth is hypoallergenic, so it is gentle on the skin, making it ideal to wear for long durations.