The Science 

 The Science

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Clear your head with cleaner air

Move more. Stress less. Breathe easy.

We are all about improving people’s lives while they’re on the move in and around the city. You shouldn’t have to worry about the dirt, the dust and the fumes. That heavy feeling in the chest, the nasty cough after your ride, that smell behind the bus or that tired feeling when you sit down at your desk. Everyone needs a breath of fresh air, but in the city that’s hard to come by. We care about you and want to make every journey happier and healthier.

155 cigarettes a year

The smoking equivalent of air
pollution exposure in the worst parts of the UK

(British Heart Foundation) 

3 years off life expectancy

Average impact on humans around the world due to air pollution

(Cardiovascular Research)

8.8 million premature deaths

Caused every year, worldwide, due to air pollution
(European Heart Journal)

Dr Sanja Potgieter-Vermaak

Senior Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry, Manchester Metropolitan University 

"Slip past the body's defences and enter the bloodstream"

“Tiny particles, known as particulate matter, with a diameter of 10 microns (PM10) or less, slip past the body’s defences and enter the bloodstream, which can wreak havoc on the brain, heart and lungs. In addition, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and harmful gases found in air pollution, such as nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and ozone can cause further respiratory problems and inflammation in the body.”

Particulate matter

Dust, pollen, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets

Particulate matter (PM) is made up of very fine particles that come from a range of sources, including combustion of fossil fuels, construction activities, agriculture, dust from roads and even wear from car tyres. Nanofiber filters are an effective way to efficiently block airborne particles, to prevent them from entering the lungs and bloodstream.

Harmful gases

Including NOx, SOx and ozone

Nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and ozone are key components of air pollution, which have been proven to have significant negative health impacts. Emissions from industrial facilities, power plants and cars continue to be major sources of NOx and SOx, whilst ozone is formed when nitrogen oxide reacts with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), heat and sunlight. An activated carbon layer in air pollution filters is often used to combat these gases, through an adsorption process. Pollutant compounds stick to the outside of the activated carbon molecules, preventing them from passing through.


Respiratory disease transmission

Airborne transmission of viruses tends to result from an infected person coughing and sneezing, which in turn produces droplets that contain virus particles inside them. Whilst no mask can guarantee the prevention of virus transmission, the World Health Organisation (WHO) does recommend mask-wearing as way to slow the spread of viruses, such as Covid-19.

Everyone deserves a  good air day 

We want to help you to get active in cities and make every day a little bit better. Since starting Airhead, we’ve surrounded ourselves with the best people we could, to deliver an exceptional product that meets the highest standards.