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3 Pollution Mask Startups Design for Fashion Forward Health

Air pollution causes millions of deaths per year, and 92% of cities around the world fail to meet the World Health Organization’s air quality safety guidelines. With a health crisis seeping into the world’s lungs, a group of companies is trying to address it by providing high-quality pollution masks that are stylish enough to match […]

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New City Bike Lanes Protect Cyclists from Air Pollution

As a relatively new cyclist and resident of South Seattle, the recent The Urbanist piece about the downgrading of protected bike lanes frustrated me. The bike lane already on the Othello-Myrtle-Swift corridor (with intermittent sharrows), or even a widened bike lane, does not provide the benefits of a true protected bike lane. There are many […]

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Wildfires Polluting Air As Much As a Year of Car Pollution

The wildfires blazing across Northern California this week produced the same amount of air pollution as vehicles did in the state in one year, according to Sean Raffuse, an air-quality analyst at the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory at the University of California, Davis. Raffuse said Thursday that the wildfires burning in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties […]

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Air Filter Mask to Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Dry conditions in parts of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. When wildfires burn in your area, they produce smoke that may reach your community. Wildfire smoke is a mixture of […]

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Can Air Face Masks Reduce Negative Health Impacts of Air Pollution?

Research has shown that exposure to air pollution, be it brief or over the long term, can have negative impacts on the lungs and hearts, and potentially the brain as well (Brook 2009). It is estimated that outdoor air pollution causes 3 million excess deaths worldwide each year (The Lancet 2015). In response, a number […]

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Experts Warn Air Pollution is the ‘Tobacco of the 21st Century’

Bad air is the source of ‘huge illness which is entirely preventable if we take the issue seriously’, IPPR researcher says. Air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels is the “tobacco of the 21st century”, an expert has warned after a report found some cities in northern England were breaching legal safety limits by up […]

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Funny Surgical Mouth Masks

An apple a day keeps the doctor away but a funny surgical mouth mask helps doctors play. No one really wants to be in medical or dental surgery but if we are going under the knife we would like a little good humor. We don’t want an unqualified doctor who is only goofing around but […]

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Protecting Houston Flood Victims from Mold with Air Pollution Face Masks

Flooding means health issues that unfold for years. One of the most urgent needs is protecting people from mold, fungus, and even the chemicals used to clean them from freshly flooded homes in Houston after hurricane Harvey. The impact of hurricanes on health is not captured in the mortality and morbidity numbers in the days […]

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Urban Survival: 12 Futuristic Fashion Designs for Air Pollution Masks

Global air pollution is billowing into major cities across the world. London, Mumbai, Paris, Beijing, and Los Angeles to name a few. What is the future of technology and design for anti pollution face masks? As urban fashion and technology combine to keep the next generation safe from toxic pollution what will the future of […]

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Mouth Masks: Are they Cute & Do they Protect Against Pollution

In many areas of the world, taking a deep breath of air can be unhealthy and dangerous. The WHO (World Health Organization) estimates that air pollution is responsible for about 6.5 million premature — or early — deaths every year. It estimates that nearly 600,000 of those who die are children under the age of […]

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