Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Air We Breathe

Sorry to sound like a broken record (what's that, ask the kiddos) but I woke up this morning to see that the air quality was 430 -- well into hazardous. My throat is sore, and I don't think it's because I was whooping it up at bowling last night and trivia the night before. It's depressing and discouraging and I tried to wear this mask the other day.

But it felt suffocating, so now I just carry the mask around in my purse. This is not its intended purpose, I know. But it's kind of like the brush I also carry (and which I clearly, judging from this pic, never use) and the lipstick that my more groomed friends apply after they've had lunch. I have a pocketbook full of good intentions. 


  1. Those masks won't help. Check www.respro.com. These masks are less suffocating because they're designed to do cycling/walking, and their filters support chemical/biological warfare circumstances. There's a shop in Beijing that sells them.

    Company Name: Ines (Beijing) Bike Limited
    Stock: Sportsta, Techno, City, Aero, Bandit masks and filters.
    Address: Wudaoying Hutong 19-1,
    Dongcheng District,
    100007 Beijing, P.R. China
    Telephone: +86 10 6405 6638
    Mobile +86 135 0108 8728
    Website: http://www.pollution-china.com
    Email: respro@pollution-china.com
    Map: http://g.co/maps/aj3c

  2. I wrote about the smog in Shanghai, where we now live. Check out my mask at the bottom http://megfrancisco.tumblr.com/post/40679700659/the-haze