Air pollution is the contamination of the air due to the presence of toxic chemicals or compounds that are harmful to human health and the health of other living beings. It is the result of a wide range of natural sources and human activities such as the greenhouse gas emissions caused by burning fossil fuels like coal and petroleum, construction and demolition, and the use of chemical and synthetic products. Wildfires are also a major source of air pollution, which you can read more about here.
of the global population breathes air that exceeds WHO air quality guidelines.
An invisible health threat
The lethal effects of air pollution
The main pollutants and their health impact
Air pollution emitted from transportation contributes to smog, and to poor air quality, which has negative impacts on the health and welfare of citizens. Pollutants that contribute to poor air quality include particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Emissions from energy (power plants and refineries) and manufacturing industries represent the second-largest source of primary PM10 (28%) and PM2.5 (21%) in Europe.
Wildfires are a major source of fine particulate matter (diameter <2.5 µm; PM2.5), which is a health hazard
Including lead, mercury, arsenic. Iron and steel sectors dominate lead emissions, while disposal of treated wood by burning is source of arsenic
Linked to the development of cardiovascular diseases, such as a stroke and heart disease, including atherosclerosis (furring of the arteries). Can also exacerbate existing conditions.
Exposure of pregnant women found to affect to fetal brain growth. Also impacts mental and physical development in children and cognition in adults.
Suppresses normal lung growth in children. Accelerates lung function decline or an ageing lung in adults and a known cause of lung cancer. Also linked to onset of asthma.
Linked to onset of type 2 diabetes in adults.
The increased presence of pollutants in the air causes an increase in fatigue.
Air pollution exposure is linked to depressive symptoms in adolescents.
Reducing your exposure to PM
How our filtration helps against air pollution
Airinum masks use a multilayer filter technology to provide superior protection from air pollution. Both the Urban Air Mask 2.0 and the Lite Air Mask filter out more than 99.9% of particles down to 0.3μm in size.
Submicron dust filtering:
The anti-pollution masks provide a submicron dust filtering capability to protect against PM2.5 and even smaller particles.
The technology is tested at RISE R&D center in Sweden and is certified for GB 2626-2006 KN95, similar to an industrial N95 mask or N95 respirator.
Our masks Filters out 99.9% of what you breathe
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White blood cell
Dust particle (PM 10)
< 10 μm
Red blood cell
> 10 μm
Dust particle (PM 2.5)