In the past several years, high quality anti-pollution masks have entered the global marketplace. As community awareness about the harmful effects of air pollution on health grows, so too has the demand for protective masks.
The list below includes high quality masks that are highly rated to be effective in the most polluted urban environments. This is not an exhaustive list and other brands and companies are continually joining the marketplace.
AIR MASK BRANDS AND COMPANIES
3M – sells various N95 and N99 certified and relatively inexpensive disposable masks. You can find them at various pharmacies, or you can order these masks online. You can research the variety of different 3M models that are NIOSH certified on the U.S. CDC website. 3M Respiratory safety solutions for your many workplace challenges – whether it’s a disposable, reusable or powered & supplied air option that suits you best. Helping to provide you with protection and comfort for a range of applications and conditions. We are a pioneer in the development and manufacture of quality respiratory products and services.
Vogmask– is a San Francisco-based company that began selling its masks in India in 2014. Vogmask sells fashionable reusable masks in adult and children’s sizes that are either N95 or N99 certified. Some of the masks come with a carbon filter layer and exhalation valve, which can make it easier to breath and not collect moisture or sweat. Their vision is simple: make the most beautiful, highest efficiency, most comfortable, and best manufactured reusable consumer masks on the market. Our respirators are designed to reduce the potential exposure to airborne hazardous contaminants. Particle filtering masks reduce exposure to harmful particulate matter. Masks help protect from airborne particles such as dust, pollen, smoke, smog, and other particles found in air pollution.
Cambridge Mask – UK-based Cambridge Mask Co was started by the former China Director for Vogmask who named the company after his alma mater, Cambridge University. According to its website, Cambridge masks are made of three layers of filters, including a military-grade carbon filter, and are NIOSH N99 certified. The website also says its masks filter out 99.6% of viruses and 99.7% of bacteria. These pollution masks help protect against gas based pollution, such as smells, benzene and formaldehyde, particle pollution such as PM2.5, pollen or smoke and pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. Ideal for cyclists, people in at risk groups for respiratory disease or anyone living in urban environments with high air pollution levels such as China or India.
Totobobo – is a Singaporean-based company that sells reusable N95 masks that can be trimmed and shaped to fit individual faces. The masks come with disposable filter inserts that need to be replaced. Totobobo also makes a smaller “petite” mask designed for women and children. Each mask has a patented “Water-mark seal check” is easy and reliable. It is the world’s first customizable mask. You can shape it and trim it. DIY to the unique face of each of your family members. They are very flexible and comfortable to the skin, superior fit due to the SoftTech material. It is the lightest reusable respirator with a weight of only 20 grams. It has a super elastic strap, which is very comfortable and durable. The reproduction of bacteria or virus is prohibited on the surface of the mask, thanks to the anti-virus additive.
Respro – UK-based Respro masks are predominantly for activity use such as cycling, running, etc. The company’s website says its masks are N99 rated with P3 European rated filters. Increased awareness of air quality, due to recent pollution episodes in China and Singapore, has made it a permanent annual topic of discussion and one that is firmly on the global problem map. Coal and wood fire burning together with the threat caused by petrol and diesel burning vehicles reduce air quality to harmful levels. Respro®Masks provides a solution to the pollution issue, makes a statement about the air we breathe and is most definitely a product of its time.
O2TODAY – Is a U.S. based company and the world’s first all natural urban air mask designed to deliver the perfect balance of breathability and protection. Designed by Marcel Wanders and made from 100% certified MAPP® Merino wool, the O2TODAY™ mask uses HELIX™ Filter Media sourced from the alpine high country of New Zealand. In testing against AS/NZS 1716 – the Australasian standard for respiratory protective devices – O2TODAY™ masks are proven to capture up to 97% of all particulate matter at a flow rate of 95 litres/minute. The natural anti-microbial and hypoallergenic properties of Merino coupled with our extremely low inhale/exhale resistance of 39 Pa make O2TODAY™ masks ideal for extremely natural breathability and protection. O2TODAY™ is a proud member of 1% For The Planet and actively supports efforts to reduce air pollution globally.
RZ Mask – is based in the U.K. with the goal to offer a mask that is sleek enough to fit under a sports helmet for cycling or motorbikes, comfortable enough to be worn all day, effective enough to filter 99.9% of harmful air particulates, and durable enough to be used day in and day out. In 2010 RZ Mask was born. The demand for RZ Masks is quickly escalating. By combining comfort and durability with an effective long lasting replaceable filter, it is becoming the ideal particulate solution in over 50 different industries. As their reach expands so is their product line. Their fully committed and passionate team of developers is providing cutting edge products to the air pollution born particulate community.
U-Mask – U-mask is the evolution of an allergy masks, a dust mask and a respirator mask. The science of biotechnology and layering come together to create the highest standard protection, better than a N99 or N95 face mask, up to 99,86%. All in one. The result is a never before seen European protection level FFP3 dust mask (better than N99) anti pollution, anti allergy mask which is able to capture down to PM0,4** small contaminants, with the light weight and breathing resistance of a anti pollution FFP2 dust mask. Most N95 masks, dust masks and allergy masks are not effective on the finest contaminants and, most of all, they don’t destroy pollution but only just block it. Surgical masks provide the lowest protection from urban pollution and are frequently used for the wrong purpose. The U-Ox® BIO-ACTIVE TM Layer inside U-mask performs tremendously more effectively of the nearest competitor which uses replaceable activated carbon cloth or surgery medical masks. Because of its unique ingredients, U-Ox® proprietary formula enzyme compound BIO-degrades the harmful compounds, viruses and pathogenic bacteria instead of simply filtering them.
Guoer – is a Chinese company mainly dedicated to developing ,designing, and producing apparel for health care, leisure, outdoors and sports industries. Our masks are one size fits most. We use the theory of humanized design. Our masks are Pm2.5 with filter replacements, an M-shaped nose clip for a comfortable fit, and allow for easy breathability. The masks are effective against dust, germs, allergies, smoke, pollution, and pollen utilizing a 5 layer activated carbon filter.
Airinum – is a Swedish company. We breathe more than 10,000 liters of air every day. But air not only keeps us alive – it also transports a variety of particles that can be harmful to our health. Have you ever had an allergic reaction to pollen in the air? Infected yourself during flu season? Do you live in a large city, smelling traffic fumes every day? Just like food or water, the quality of the air we breathe daily affects our health and well being. In our ever more crowded environment, air quality has constantly decreased. This is why we created Airinum, built on the vision to create a world where everyone can breathe clean and healthy air. We believe that people who want to breathe healthy, should have a reliable and fashionable way to do so. “We don’t believe functionality needs to compromise design. Urban breathing masks should be an avenue for personal expression as any other fashion item; After all, breathing masks cover half your face. Our masks are therefore carefully designed so everyone can feel confident wearing,” says one of the co-founders of Airinum and emphasizes the importance of Scandinavian design on their product.