The Science

The Science


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 

“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

As small as PM0.3.

The mask works by physically blocking particulate matter (PM) from passing through the non-woven particulate filter and into the airways. Our filters efficiently block 99% of PM2.5 and can remove particles as small as 0.3 microns. This includes natural pollutants, such as fine PM from bushfire smoke, dust and pollen. We are striving to obtain FFP3 (equivalent to N99) certification, which we can only achieve once the first batch of masks have been manufactured and tested.

Harmful gases

Including NOx, SOx and ozone.   

The activated carbon layer removes harmful gases, including nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and ozone, through a process called adsorption. During the activated carbon adsorption process, pollutant compounds in the air stick to the outside of the activated carbon molecules, preventing them from passing through the filter  

Bacteria & viruses

Reducing risk of transmission. 

The mask can offer protection against some bacteria and viruses by capturing particles in the electrostatically charged particulate filter and activated carbon layers before deactivating them. 

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. Because everyone deserves a good air day.