The airbubbl is an in-car air purifier that cleans the air while you are driving.
Many people feel protected inside their cars: protected by their seat belts, airbags or driving assistants. However, What many people do not realise is that they are not protected from air pollution inside the car.
Driving to and from work can be dangerous than you once thought. Every day, millions of people spend time in their cars commuting to and from their jobs and sitting through rush hour traffic.
Imagine waking up in the morning, getting dressed, and getting ready for work. You shuffle around your house to make sure you leave in time. You grab your car keys from the hook by the front door and you head out to your car. As you head to the office and sit through rush hour city traffic, everything seems fine. However, have you ever thought about the potential risks of such a routine every day activity?
A lot of research is being done to show that air pollution exposure while commuting and driving is a huge problem. In the past, a lot of cities have been using roadside sensors to measure these rats, however it is recently been found that levels are recorded differently, and oftentimes higher, when the particles are being measured inside of the car. A study done by researchers at Duke University, Emory University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology put devices into passenger seats of cars during morning rush hour in Atlanta. The data concluded to twice as much pollution as the roadside sensors. As well, the study found that the air inside the cars had twice as much chemicals related to oxidative stress, which is the cause of many respiratory diseases. Many people chose to commute to work in their vehicles, rather than take public transportation, whether this is due to lack of access to public transport, money, time constraints, or just personal preference. With this, cities around the globe are having more and more issues with traffic and rush hour congestion, which adds to the air pollution within populated cities. 12% of air pollution exposure within a year is experienced in during a commute.
Research done by Science Nordic shows that, globally, one’s exposure to dangerous nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from car traffic is the same inside a car as outside of a car.
Although is may seem as though metros and buses are the less safe and sanitary option, you are a very high risk of breathing in polluted air when you are sitting in our own car. This risk stems from a variety of different causes. First, when commuters are in tight traffic, they are more prone to breathe in the air coming from the exhaust of the cars both in front and next to them. This exposure to other vehicle’s fumes raising the air particle levels of NO2 inside of your own car. According to the World Health Organization, the acceptable level of exposure of benzene is set at zero. Oizom states that car drivers averagely inhale two and half times more benzene while they are inside of their cars than a cyclist would riding in the open air. Many people think that polluted air is blocked from entering the air they breathe while driving in their car. However, in such a confined space, the polluted air particle levels rise to very dangerous levels. Airbubbl has features, such as its particle fan and nanocarbon filter, that allow for one’s car to become the safe space they want it to be. By filtering and cleaning the air that the driver and passengers breathe in, our product tasks away the risk of developing pollutant related diseases and can actually help to raise life expectancy.
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Children who grow up in areas that have high levels of air pollution are at risk for damaged lungs and breathing problems later on in life. The development and growth of a child’s lung does not occur until long after they are born.
A statewide nested case–control study of preterm birth and air pollution by Source and Composition in California found that women who were exposed to low to high levels of particle pollution had higher risk for preterm birth and low birth weight. Statistics and data like this show that air pollution has such a powerful impact, that it can even damage the health of a baby before it even enters the world and takes its first breath.
Once a child is born, it becomes much more vulnerable to the polluted air it is surrounded by. With their small size, infants and young children breathe in more air each minute than the average adult. Eventually, this can take a toll on the child’s health even more. According to the British Lung Foundation, exposure to polluted air can cause wheezing and coughing and an easier development of infections like pneumonia. In addition, it can cause the development of asthma, lung-failure or even lung cancer as an adult.
According to UNICEF UK and the Queen Mary University, children are exposed to 60% of their daily air pollution intake while on their journey to school or while they are at school.
As well, UNICEF reports that almost 300 million children around the world are exposed to toxic levels of outdoor air pollution. A study was conducted at the Holborn primary school in London by the Swedish company BlueAir after a concerned parent of a student reached out to them. It was found that all of the classrooms exceeded external World Health Organization guidelines for PM10, which is one of the most dangerous pollutants found in the air. It is known that the air in large populated cities, such as London, are polluted. However, it can be easy to forget that when your child is with you in the car on their way to school, that they are still not out of danger. Airbubbl focuses on giving you back control and allowing you to make sure you give your child everything they need to be healthy.
As parents and caregivers work their hardest to protect children from harm, it can seem daunting to know that just breathing in the air in which they live can impact their health in such a large way. Evidence shows that children’s pollution exposure is lowest while they are at home. The risk increases when they are going to learn and play at school every day. However, the airbubbl can provide an answer for this. Being more aware of the environment that you live and the levels of pollution that surround you is important to keeping your family and yourself healthy. The airbubbl’s mission is to provide refreshing clean air inside your vehicle, so that you can gain back some of that control you lose. Think about how much time your family spends inside your car. Going to and from school, dance practice, soccer games, parent teacher conferences, or any other of the everyday events that a parent or guardian participates in for the wellbeing of their child. The airbubbl allows you to utilize this time and make it safer and healthier for your children to breathe, laugh, and live their lives so that you know you are doing everything you can to protect them.
All across the globe, millions of people have occupations that involve spending all or a significant amount of their time driving, whether it be in cars, busses, or trucks. Often times, this demographic of people is overlooked in regards to the risk of air pollution.
Delivery workers, taxi and Uber drivers, specialists, any many more, account for the large variety of people who spend their time driving as their profession. They travel locally and nationally, spending countless hours on the road. Such long journeys make for the car to become a sort of home for these drivers, as it so familiar and comfortable to them. However, these are the people that are at some of the highest risk, as they spend a large majority of their time breathing in the air within their vehicles. For a bit of perspective, there are around 3.5 million truck drivers just in the United States. With this, according to Teletrac Navman, the demand for professional drivers is on the rise, expecting to rise about 5% between 2014 and 2024. Research shows that professional drivers are expected to drive an average of 2,000 to 3,000 miles per week. This paints a picture of just how much time these workers spend breathing in polluted air.
Professional drivers work in a range of different settings, from highways, populated city streets, back roads, and small towns. With this, they are exposed to varying levels of air pollution. As these workers are always on the move, many are most likely unaware of the risk they are at and when the risk is heightened. Being inside a vehicle for such a long time, the workplace begins to feel comfortable and safe. These driver’s are worried about road safety and completing their jobs, not the level of pollutants that are entering their system. Airbubbl is a product dedicated to assisting these workers in making their time spent inside a vehicle a safer and more productive space.
Our research shows that Airbubbl can aid in adding an addition 1.5 months to these drivers life expectancies. Additionally, our product can help drivers avoid up 920 passively smoked cigarettes worth of harm every year.
The benefits of Airbubbl for professional drivers is substantial, as it allows for the workers to focus on their jobs and stay more alert for a longer period of time. Over time, these professionals are at risk for heart disease, respiratory diseases, and cancer from breathing in polluted air and car emissions. As they dedicate their time, all employees should be safe and at low risk of these problems. Airbubbl can help do this, by filtering out 95% of gaseous ozone pollutants within just ten minutes. Companies and businesses have the opportunity to make work a safer experience for all of their employees!
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According to WHO estimates, around 235 million people currently suffer from asthma, which is a chronic condition in which the lung airways become inflamed, prompting coughing, chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath.
It is the most common chronic disease among children today. This condition is affecting more and more people every year. According to the Global Asthma Report, asthma is the 16th leading cause of years lived with disability and the 28th leading cause of burden of disease. The prevalence of asthma is higher in children than in adults. The symptoms that come with the disease can be triggered in a number of different ways, including exposure to allergens, irritants in the air, extreme weather conditions, and exercising.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America conducted a study of young campers who had asthma. The kids and teens showed they were 40% more likely to have asthma attacks on high pollution summer days, than on days with average pollution levels.
Another study done by the AAAFA looked at older adults and found that they were more likely to visit the emergency room for respiratory issues when the air pollution levels in the summer were high. Air pollution is one of the main triggers for asthma sufferers today, and the level of exposure keeps getting higher. Specifically, ozone, one of the most common air pollutants, is very common in large cities that have a lot of cars and busses driving around. The ozone levels rise in the summer due to the sun exposure and low wind levels. Ozone causes the smog and haze we often see in the air of polluted cities. The gas makes it more difficult for these people to breathe deeply, causing heightened shortness of breath and chest pain. As well, it causes other symptoms like coughing and sore throats. Due to this, the airborne gas can increase the rate of asthma attacks, as well as making the lungs more prone to infection. Evidence also shows that long-term exposure to ozone is connected to the development of asthma and permanent lung damage. Evidence shows that long-term exposure to Nitrogen Dioxide can also decrease lung function and increase the risk of these respiratory symptoms, as well as the development of bronchitis and other infections. In addition to this, children with asthma have been found to be more vulnerable to the exposure of NO2. Airbubbl works to combat these particles in the air with its Nano-Carbon filter. This component filters out 95% of NO2 and Ozone pollutants, locking them away.
Children and adolescents are already at risk of getting sick and injured in a number of different ways throughout their daily lives, and we believe that the air that they are breathing should not be one of them. As so many other triggers surround them, sitting in their car should be a safe space. Whether it be on the way to soccer practice or a neighborhood carpool to school, clean air should be available to everyone. Specifically, kids who play sports and stay active are at an even higher risk of suffering from respiratory problems. Without having to make your child stop doing what they love to do, there is another option to help them stay healthy. Parents and caregivers work hard to keep their children safe, but sometimes diseases like asthma make it hard for them to do that. The Airbubbl is specifically designed to help everyone breathe in clean air, especially those who suffer from respiratory disorders. they can Adding this device to your car can make these every day trips less of a risk for you and your child. No matter where you live, the air inside your vehicle is something you can control. Your car should be a place where you can take a deep breath and relax, which is what the Airbubbl can provide!