University College Dublin-based THEYA Healthcare Launches Bamboo Fibre Protective Face Masks

THEYA Healthcare has today announced the launch of its unique reusable, washable, bamboo fibre, naturally antibacterial and EU tested and approved (EU Standard CWA17553), protective face masks.

THEYA Healthcare which is headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin (UCD), manufactures health and wellbeing garments, including post-surgery medical garments.

The unique snood design, washable and reusable, bamboo fibre protective face mask by THEYA is effective in blocking nasal and oral droplets, as well as in filtering out pollen, and bacterial particles.

Protection against the spread of such droplets become particularly important when we exercise, studies show that our breathing rates can double or even quadruple when exercising, sending out higher numbers of potentially infectious respiratory droplets.

The masks have been tested to EU standard (EU Standard CWA17553) for Bacterial Filtration Efficiency, 78%.

Ciara Donlon, CEO, and founder, THEYA Healthcare said, “When this pandemic struck our lives here in Ireland, I wanted to help in whatever way I could. I decided to utilise my knowledge of the amazing qualities of bamboo fabric to design a reusable mask that was not only sustainable, comfortable and highly effective but was also kind to the skin as well as the planet.I designed a snood mask that can be worn loosely around the neck, to be popped over your nose and mouth in situations where social distancing is difficult and or unpredictable.”

“In March of this year we at THEYA Healthcare recognised, that our unique fabric and design process has potential to help many more people. As well as extending our post-surgery range to include protective reusable masks,we are currently developing our range of garments to include additional lines including products for ostomates, which will have a positive impact on health and wellbeing around the world,” Ms. Donlon added.

THEYA Healthcare pivoted during the COVID-19 crisis to source and provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to international customers as well as the HSE and the Department of Defence following engagement with Enterprise Ireland. Enterprise Ireland is supporting companies to pivot to meet the new demand levels for PPE and other lifesaving equipment as a result of COVID-19.

It was during this time that all breast checks and cancer screening and operations ceased leaving the THEYA Healthcare team with additional work capacity and providing Ciara Donlon with the inspiration to create a protective face mask made almost entirely from the wonder fabric bamboo.

The unique reusable, bamboo fibre protective face masks by THEYA can be ordered online via

THEYA Healthcare is an Irish company and is a member of Guaranteed Irish.

Earlier this year Ciara Donlon was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Irish Women of the Year Awards. In 2017 she was namedLaureate for Europein the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards and was an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist in the emerging entrepreneur category.
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  • Pictured in Dalkey, Co. Dublin is Ciara Donlon, CEO & founder, THEYA Healthcare with models Lucy Archbold and Conor Barry wearing the THEYA bamboo fibre protective face masks. (Photographer: Ian McDevitt).

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