Manasquan, N.J.-based Global Safety First’s Readi Mask™ particle respirator was awarded the 2011
Visionary Award at the Vision 2011 Consumer Products Conference held last month in Carlsbad,
Calif., and organized by the Cary, N.C.-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA).
The annual Visionary Award recognizes innovative consumer end products that incorporate nonwoven
fabrics or use nonwoven technology during the manufacturing process.
The Readi Mask is a light, portable particle respirator designed to fit better than other
respirator masks currently on the market, protecting the wearer from harmful airborne particles.
The mask comprises Middletown, Del.-based DelStar Technologies Inc.’s electrostatically charged
DelPore® meltblown media and a medical-grade adhesive around the entire perimeter of the mask.
“The technical advances in the finished product, along with its novel and extensive use of
nonwovens materials, proved to Vision attendees that the Readi Mask is truly a visionary product,”
said Rory Holmes, president, INDA. “There were five outstanding products representing all aspects
of consumer products — from baby care to wipes to cleaning products — and they were all winners by
being selected as finalists in the 2011 competition.”
The four other finalists included: Roswell, Ga.-based Kimberly-Clark for its Huggies® Jeans
diaper with a blue denim look; Chagrin Falls, Ohio-based Nutek LLC for its Simply Soy®
biodegradable wipes containing soy-based lubricants and eco-friendly cleaning agents;
Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble for its Pampers® Swaddlers and Cruisers with Dry Max™ thin,
highly absorbent diaper products; and Sheboygan, Wis.-based Rockline Industries Inc. for its
Flushable Moist toilet tissue that is more than 95-percent biodegradable.
January 18, 2011