How This Startup Is Saving Lives With State-of-the-art Technology

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Be it California wildfires or just another day in the city of Cairo, Egypt (which, by the way is the most polluted city in the world according to Forbes 2018) there’s a need of keeping safe everywhere. Such gruelling times call for desperate measures and this is when BioScarf comes in. This world’s first wearable scarf that filters 99.75% of all airborne particulates around you, is one of the most sought-after accomplishments of wearable technology in recent times. While masks were the only option in cases of pollution and illness, this scarf changes the entire scenario in many industries – from healthcare to mining and news reporting.

Bioscarf Mask

How Did Bioscarf Come About?

Rightly said, “Necessity is the mother of all inventions” the idea behind this scarf originated from the event of an American couple – Carton Solle and his wife Hazel went to China for a business trip and the former fell ill because of several complications related to air pollution in the area. It was then that Hazel, upon returning to Atlanta started brainstorming about a scarf that would replace masks as well as provide better protection to pollution and illness alike. Soon they both developed a business model that would help them to provide scarves to the most vulnerable people living in such pollution-prone areas and who cannot afford to buy scarves on their own.

According to Hazel, “Anyone who is seeking a fashionable and functional scarf to protect themselves–or loved ones, and is interested in helping to turn the tide on air pollution-related sickness around the world, should give the Bioscarf a try.”

How Exactly Does BioScarf Work?

There has been a lot of debate around the working of this scarf that filters the air around you without the use of any batteries, gadgets or processors. The purification process is a three-dimensional one that may seem simple at first, but is effective upto 99.75% of all particles 0.1 microns in size or larger—and 95% of all non-oil based airborne particles measuring 0.3 microns. Basically, there are 3 layers of protection guard present in this scarf to provide protection against many of the bacteria and germs that causes common cold and influenza (parents, please take note).

Not only does this scarf protects your lungs, but also keeps you in fashion with its sustainable manufacturing and colors like olive, black, and white. The plush polyester blend in the scarf is made from the 100% post-consumer recycled PET water bottles. And that’s not all, because of all such added benefits this scarf has become a crowd pleaser and has garnered a lot of appreciation from the people across the world.

What are the future plans and targets of BioScarf?

Currently, under BioScarf’s Plus One Program, the couple Carlton and Hazel are donating a scarf to every such individual who is at risk against every scarf sold. This has not only led to thousands of people receiving BioScarf in the US – especially people who live in the firezones and other pollution prone areas, but also has contributed to the quarantine zone in the hospitals as well.

According to the founding couple, Carlton and Hazel, they plan to help millions of people living in the polluted areas of France, China, India, etc. New studies by UNICEF reveal that over 2 billion children are breathing toxic air everyday while 1.6 million people have premature deaths every year in China  because of the extremity of air pollution. That being said, BioScarf can go a long way in saving and transforming the lives of people across the world as well as because of its sustainable manufacturing can be easily taken up as a widespread production in several countries for its ingenious solution.

We, at The Startup Journal are happy to share this this life-changing innovation and the cause behind it and support BioScarf wholeheartedly. What about you? Let us know in the comments down below!

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An engineer by education and an entrepreneur by choice. Asish is a TCS Best Student Awardee, NDTV featured student entrepreneur and International School of Entrepreneurship Education awardee. He also worked with many startups and big companies for their business development and strategical growth. Asish has been heading The Startup Journal since its inception in 2014.