Inside the CYCL Face Guard Pollution Scarf
Updated: 22 April 2020 to reflect the impact of the current global Covid-19 pandemic.
The health effects of air pollution are serious - one third of deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease are due to air pollution. In fact, nine out of ten people now breathe polluted air, which kills 7 million people every year. The lack of visible smog or pollution is not an indication that the air is healthy either - use the online pollution meter, developed by the WHO, UN Environment and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Breathe Life campaign, to see how your city fairs in air pollution.
Commuting, whether by bicycle, foot, scooter or via public transport, can present many circumstances where you find yourself exposed to possible harmful airborne particles.
More recently, the rise of face mask usage in European countries following the global Covid-19 pandemic has seen a need for face coverings and masks that do not encroach on medical supplies. The Face Guard is an economical and comfortable way to cover your face that offers high levels of protection to help filter out larger particles from the air as well as help stop the wearer from unknowingly infecting others if asymptomatic.
We developed the CYCL Face Guard Pollution Scarf having faced air pollution whilst commuting in London. Whilst there were plenty of pollution masks out there, we wanted protection that could also fit in with our everyday wardrobe. Our scarf (a tube scarf that pulls over the head and fastens at the back with an elastic band and spring cord lock) offers protection from airborne particulates without compromising style.
The CYCL Face Guard Pollution Scarf has an integrated nanofiber filter that captures 99.9% of PM2.5 including dangerous airborne particles from polluted air, smog and allergens and 99.5% of PM0.1. It is ready-to-use and hand-washable meaning there is no need to buy replacement filters. We designed the scarf with comfort, utility and everyday use in mind; it has an adjustable nose strip and elastic closure that ensures minimal air leakage for any face shape.
Nanofiber Filter Technology by Respilon
The nanofiber filter in the CYCL Face Guard Pollution Scarf has been tested according to ASTM F2100 and EN 14683, at Nelson Labs USA. See our Technical Data Sheet here.
The in-built filter has a four-layered textile laminate - with an inner layer formed by high-density nanofibers. Despite the high density of nanofibers, the filter is air-permeable and vapour-permeable - increasing the comfort and breathability for the user.
Handwash (water temperature should not exceed 30C)
Do not bleach, dry clean, tumble dry or iron.
Check out FAQs for full maintenance recommendations.
To achieve the best possible protection from air pollution, the scarf needs to fit perfectly over the nose and face. This can be achieved by the adjustable nose lip and will ensure that the inhaled air goes through the nanofiber filter. The scarf is one size and suitable for both adults and children thanks to the elastic band and spring cord lock.
What are you protected from: