Dr Tanya Mulcahy talks to 96FM news about the HaPPE apron

News | Posted on: 13 February, 2023

Listen back to Dr. Tanya Mulcahy’s interview with Mairead Twohig on 96FM News.

A compostable PPE apron has been developed by two Cork entrepreneurs to tackle the single use plastic increase due to PPE usage during Covid.

According to the WHO, during the pandemic, plastic production more than doubled.

Dr Mary O’Riordan and Lisa O’Riordan created the HaPPE Apron which is CE approved and has been piloted at the South Infirmary in Cork.

The product was a winner of the Health Innovation Hub Ireland Open Call 2022.

Speaking to Cork’s 96FM & C103 News, Director of the Hub, Dr Tanya Mulcahy says pilots in other hospitals are planned.

Dr Mary O’Riordan says the product takes five weeks to degrade while the standard LDPE apron takes about 50 years.

Our news reporter Mairead Twohig has more