Disposable Masks Market Size 2022 to 2030 – Quantitative Research by QYResearch Medical

The global disposable masks market size was USD 19.43 Billion in 2021, and is expected to register a revenue CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period. Rising air pollution levels and increasing incidence of health airborne diseases and infections are expected to increase personal use of disposable face masks in the coming years, which in turn will drive market revenue growth. Furthermore, increasing public awareness regarding importance of disposable masks for personal protection against harmful air pollutants is expected to increase usage of disposable face masks. This has also prompted major market players to boost their manufacturing capacity to meet rising demand for disposable surgical face masks. Increasing popularity of disposable masks, as well as their widespread availability through different distribution channels, are major drivers of global disposable masks market. Increase in production of surgical masks, expansion of manufacturing units to meet rising demand of masks during the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to drive market revenue growth.

Disposable masks are an essential part of medical and healthcare supplies that are utilized to protect nasal respiratory passages against harmful airborne pollutants or other impure chemicals from entering the body. One of the advantages of these masks is that they prevent intake of air pollutants such as Carbon Dioxide (Co2) emissions, allergens, and other hazardous particles through filtration. Disposable masks such as N95 or other categories of particulate Filtering Face-Piece (FFPs) masks are being widely used to prevent harmful contaminants, especially when air quality becomes hazardous. Regular face masks, on other side, can be worn in areas with lower levels of hazardous particles and other airborne contaminants. Major companies are producing disposable face masks from raw materials derived from biodegradable and renewable resources, which is helping to reduce environmental pollution. For instance, Marie Bee Bloom, which is a Dutch startup, incorporated flower seeds into single-use disposable rice paper masks to reduce plastic pollution and provide environmental sustainability. Moreover, the mask was made at a community workshop in the Netherlands and can biodegrade in a garden or a landfill. The industry faces incredible competition in terms of product variety and costs. Several companies are focusing on developing disposable masks that will provide consumers with improved ventilation, filtration, water resistance, and other benefits. Rising demand of consumers for novel, high-filtration-efficiency masks is expected to provide major growth opportunities for leading companies in the coming years.

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Market Dynamics:

Driver: Rising frequency and spread of viral infections and emerging infectious diseases is expected to drive market revenue growth

Rising air pollution and airborne infections are expected to increase personal use of disposable face masks in the coming years. According to the World Health Organization 2021 Global Air Quality report, global estimates of air pollution levels reported that Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 air pollution was directly responsible for the deaths of 40,000 children under the age of five. In addition to this, low and middle-income countries bear the largest disease burden due to air pollution. Individuals suffering from chronic conditions (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease), as well as elderly, children, and pregnant women, are particularly vulnerable to air pollution. This aspect may contribute to an increase in the usage of disposable face masks.

Rising incidence of various infectious diseases has resulted in increasing adoption of disposable masks, which is driving market revenue growth. Furthermore, increasing incidence of airborne pathogens, growing consumption of disposable masks for personal usage, and rising incidence of hospital-acquired infections are expected to create a profitable industry for disposable face masks. Disposable mask protects healthcare workers from germs and other microorganisms that may be released from patients through respiratory droplets, infected blood, or other body fluids. Disposable face masks also help in avoiding cross-contamination between doctors and patients.

Restraint: Concerns regarding potential risk of airflow resistance, causing lung diseases such as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is limiting market revenue growth

Medical face masks have a major detrimental impact on cardiopulmonary capacity, restricting hard physical and occupational activity. There is potential risk of an airflow restriction while wearing a mask, from medical perspective. A subjective sensation of forced breathing is common while using disposable FFP masks as breathing, or respiration occurs against an airflow barrier while wearing highly dense masks without valves such as N95 and FFP2-3 masks. Disposable masks, depending on their design, have the potential to increase dead space in the lungs which can cause lung diseases such as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), emphysema, and pneumonia, which is expected to hinder market revenue growth. The respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and CO2 levels were reported to be altered significantly while wearing N95 and FF2 masks during normal activities. These findings highlighted possible dangers of using this variety of masks, especially for people having respiratory complications such as advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Carbon dioxide retention (also known as hypercapnia) associated adverse effects can also result in extreme circumstances. In addition to this, a few studies have been conducted to address this medical issue, which is limiting revenue growth of the market.

COVID-19 Analysis:

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in an exceptional global demand for disposable masks. Disposable masks, such as surgical masks and N95 respirators, are being used to limit the spread and transmission of viral respiratory infections, especially COVID-19. They are included as a part of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worn by health care workers during COVID-19 and differ from other types of masks designed to protect against pollution or dust. Since there was no effective treatment or immunization against SARS-CoV2 during initial stages of the pandemic, the healthcare and medical sectors relied on non-pharmacological measures such as social distancing, personal protection, and hygiene, as well as use of disposable face masks. Masks were made mandatory for healthcare providers, in particular for wearing for extended periods of time. Disposable masks are required for health professionals who come into contact with affected patients as coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets and aerosols. Disposable surgical masks have been routinely advised by international, national, and regional agencies and authorities since onset of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Government regulations and mandates were designed for usage of disposable masks during COVID-19 to limit viral transmission and contamination through respiratory droplets, especially in pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people. Since beginning of the pandemic, governments of most countries have implemented usage of disposable masks as a mandatory and implemented precautionary measures in public places, public transportation, and stores. Initially, a self-made cloth mask sufficed, but an FFP2 mask, known as KN95, N95 in other parts of the world, became eventually necessary.

Key Takeaways

Product Insights:

Based on product, the global disposable masks market is segmented into fabric masks, non-woven masks, and FFP2 (Filtering Face Piece) and N95 masks.

Non-woven masks are disposable medical masks that are usually worn throughout flu season and during the coronavirus epidemic. Nonwoven fabric face masks are more efficient than other frequently available varieties at preventing the spread of COVID-19. They are constructed of polypropylene and are relatively cheap to produce in large quantities. The non-woven types of disposable masks were proven to be better and more effective than cotton and polyester masks at filtering respiratory droplets and aerosols emitted by infected people. Non-woven disposable masks are cheaper and provide better protection against infections as they are made from plastics such as polypropylene, which are breathable, durable, water-resistance, non-toxic, and safe for human contact. This is a major factor contributing to revenue growth of the segment. These masks are free of latex, polyvinyl chloride, and DEPH (di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate). Non-woven face masks are mostly utilized in the healthcare sector and are made with two to three layers of clothing for better filtration of air pollutants. Consumers appreciate these types of masks as they provide superior protection against allergic responses in people with delicate skin.

Distribution Channel Insights:

Based on distribution channel, the global disposable masks market is segmented into offline and online.

Disposable face masks are mostly distributed through offline channels, which include retailers, distributors, direct selling hypermarkets, convenience stores, and brand stores.  Several brands are choosing offline stores and are selling their products through pharmacies and drugstores as these outlets stock large variety of disposable face masks. Furthermore, physically visiting these outlets allows customers to compare a variety of products in order to ensure quality of the mask.

Online segment is expected to register a faster revenue CAGR during the forecast period due to introduction of online pharmacies offering discounts and their growing popularity among the general public. Revenue growth of the segment is further driven by factors such as increasing access to digital services and rising number of Internet users. Consumers are now preferring to purchase disposable masks from online stores as they offer easy accessibility and lower prices compared to other merchants and traditional storefronts. This segment also offers reduced transactional and production costs, as well as fast delivery and an easy ordering process and experience. This factor is expected to drive segment revenue growth during the forecast period.

Application Insights:

Based on application, the global disposable masks market is segmented into medical & healthcare purposes, industrial purposes, and personal protection.

Industrial purposes segment is expected to register a significant revenue growth rate during the forecast period, owing to rising awareness among industries regarding importance of wearing masks to protect workers against harmful air pollutants and allergens. Disposable masks are becoming more popular in developing countries such as India and China, owing to growing industrial sector and rising pollution levels. People working in diverse industries, including healthcare, hospitality, and food processing, require disposable masks that meet requirements of each field. Furthermore, the manufacturing and construction sector is implementing stringent government regulations on workers in factories, workplaces, and construction sites. As a result, increasing adoption of disposable masks in construction sites, chemical plants, and mining sites is driving revenue growth of the segment. Surgical masks, which are a type of disposable masks, are widely preferred among these industries as they are cost-effective, easy to use, and effectively prevent viruses and other pathogens from entering the body.

Regional Insights:

Based on regional analysis, disposable masks market in Asia-Pacific accounted for largest revenue share in 2021, and is expected to register a rapid revenue growth rate during the forecast period. Revenue growth in this region is primarily owing to a significant consumer base, rising awareness regarding personal hygiene among consumers, increasing air pollution, a rapidly expanding health-care sector, and an increasing number of disposable mask producers, among other factors. Additionally, growing number of medical services and hospitals in this region contributes to the significant market revenue growth. Expanding industrial and manufacturing industries, as well as government policies and regulations for protection of workers’ health are some factors that are expected to drive market revenue growth in this region. According to The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), China could only manufacture 20 million masks per day in January 2020, which was incapable of meeting a total demand of 240 million masks per day for health, industrial, and transportation workers. Chinese mask production grew six fold as a result of government and industry efforts, reaching 116 million per day at the end of February and about 200 million per day by the end of March 2020.

Market in North America accounted for a significant revenue share in 2021, which is attributed to an increase in pollution levels caused by discharge of harmful emissions such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, manufacturing, and power generation of products, particularly from coal-fired power stations, and fumes from chemical processing into the atmosphere. Other key factors expected to drive the market revenue growth in North America includes rising public awareness regarding personal health and cleanliness and government’s provision of masks at a low cost to protect individuals. Demand for medical protective clothing for surgical masks has increased in North America, owing mostly to a rise in outpatient visitations. This is a major factor that is expected to drive market revenue growth in this region during the forecast period.

Market in Europe is expected to register a rapid revenue growth rate during the forecast period. This region’s growth is primarily owing to rising government mandates and regulations. Several governments in this region have released revised mask regulations and requirements, favoring surgical disposable masks or medical-grade respirators over cloth masks. On 18 January 2022, German federal and state governments passed legislation making medical masks (also known as surgical masks, KN95 masks, or FFP2 masks) compulsory in stores and on public transportation. Furthermore, FFP2 is a European standard that promises similar filtration as N95 or KN95 respirators.

Competitive Landscape

Competitive landscape of the global disposable masks market is fragmented with several key players operating on global and regional levels. Key players are engaged in product development and strategic alliances to expand their respective product portfolios and gain a robust footing in the global market. Major companies in the market report include 3M Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, SAS Safety Corporation, Honeywell International, Inc., Uvex Group, Moldex-Metric, Inc., Kowa Company Ltd., Evolvetogether, Besco Medical Limited, and Gerson Company.

Initiatives taken by market players are driving revenue growth of the market, for instance:

On 15 May 2020, Honeywell International Inc., announced development of a new production line at its Newhouse location in Scotland, producing up to 4.5 million FFP2 and FFP3 disposable face masks per month. These masks are expected to support the U.K. Government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Segments Covered in the Report

This report offers historical data and forecasts revenue growth at a global, regional, and country level and provides analysis of the market trends in each of the sub-segments from 2022 to 2030. For this study, Reports and Data has segmented the disposable masks market based on product, distribution channel, application, and region:

Disposable Masks Market Report Scope

Segments covered By Product Outlook, Distribution Channel Outlook, Application Outlook, Regional Outlook

By Product Outlook       

Fabric Masks

Non-Woven Masks

FFP2 and N95 Masks

By Distribution Channel Outlook               



By Application Outlook

Medical & Healthcare Purposes

Industrial Purposes

Personal Protection

Regional scope

North America


Asia Pacific

Latin America

Middle East & Africa

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