Many thanks for making these available!

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Dear Steve and Joe - 
I just wanted to thank you again for so kindly having several RZ Dust Masks sent out for me to try out in my woodshop.  As I've mentioned after spending over thirty-one years as a Supervisory Wildlife Inspector and a Special Agent for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of law Enforcement, after retirement I immediately began my passion of woodworking in a separate woodshop on our property.  Given my background, I've always been concerned about eye, ear and dust protection and have always made these a priority while on the shooting range and even more in my woodshop.  After beginning with furniture making in 2008, I soon found that woodturning was the type of woodworking that is what I mostly enjoyed and continue to work on my skills.  Since I do a great deal of woodturning and sanding I have set up my shop with numerous dust vacuums and I also have worn various types of dust masks and even sealed helmets that operate off of batteries that require charging after each use.  Also, after wearing a heavy helmet for a while, it begins to strain one's neck...  Where your RZ Dust Masks are so light and comfortable.
I have found your RZ Masks and Filters to be extremely effective, easy to take on and off and exceptionally simple to swap out a dirty filter for a clean filter in just seconds, allowing me more time to turn and sand my pieces for an Art Gallery, while fully protecting my lungs from harmful to toxic wood dust depending on species.  Now, when I walk into my shop the first two things I do are to put on my safety glasses and an RZ Dust Mask.  I recommend your mask to everyone I meet that is involved in woodturning and I wish to express my appreciation for making your masks available to folks like myself.  I am confident that if my lungs could talk, they too would be thanking you for potentially preventing lung diseases further down the dusty road in my lifetime. 
I've attached a few pictures of your masks in use while sanding a large vase on one of my wood lathes in my shop.  
Again, many, many thanks for making these available!
With Highest Respect,
Ken
Woodturner of Los Altos
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RZ Mask Review from Pro Chainsaw Sculptor

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I work as a professional Chainsaw Sculptor...just bought the M1 mask as I heard good things from fellow professionals across the globe. Liked it so much I bought a backup.  
For years I struggled with fogging glasses and annoying inefficient face masks.  I finally dished out the cion to get one of these and WOW huge difference in quality when compared to various styles and brands!
I can now comfortably work inside and out with this mask no worries no issues!  Excellent for filtering small particles when sanding as well as paint and saw fumes.
No fogging glasses even on cold winter day.  Face is warm and air is Fresh!  
I now make a habit of putting my mask on when I would risk my health for the sake of comfort or visibility all too often.
RZ mask may have very well saved this woodworker from a lot of lung issues down the road.  For the sake of your health comfort and safety I'd highly recommend RZ masks.
My girlfriend is a lazer technitian specialist and I will be looking into ordering one for her to use in her clinic.
A great product with so many applications!
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5 Things to know about Air Pollution

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This post was written by Joe Klatte, Marketing Director at RZMask.
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We hear about pollution all the time and it’s a word that encompasses a lot of different things. For example, pollution occurs in different forms such as water, soil, air and even things like noise and light.

Being a part of RZ Industries and promoting a product that helps protect people’s lungs has given me an opportunity to learn a lot about air pollution in particular. I’ve heard many people’s stories of how air pollution is affecting their life. This is something that is responsible for more than 5.5 million premature deaths every year worldwide!

Good news is that much is being done today to reduce air pollution and keep people protected, but there is a lot more that can be done. I strongly believe that the more people talk about air pollution, the more we educate ourselves and the more it stays in the forefront of our minds, the sooner the necessary steps will be taken to eliminate it.

In this article, I’m going to touch on 5 things that are important to know about air pollution. These things I feel make up the beginning of a solid foundation for an overall understanding of this topic.

 

  1. What is air pollution?

Air pollution is harmful or poisonous substances that are present in the air we breathe. It’s the most dangerous and unfortunately, abundant type of pollution in the environment. It comes in the form of chemical gasses like carbon monoxide or particulate matter like soot.

A common term used when talking about air pollution is PM2.5 which refers to very small particles in the air that are two and one-half microns or less in width. To put this in perspective, there are 25,000 microns in an inch!

 

  1. Where does air pollution come from?

The most common source of air pollution comes from burning fossil fuels in oil refineries, power plants, automobiles, and factories. An estimated 50% of all pollution is a result of industrial and manufacturing activities. Other sources include domestic wood burning, agriculture areas, and big cities.

Air pollution also comes from natural sources like windblown dust, smoke from wildfires and volcanoes.

 

  1. Who is affected by air pollution?

Everyone breathes air so we all can be affected by air pollution. However, there are some groups of people that can be affected differently and are more at risk.

Children are more vulnerable to exposure to air pollution compared to adults as their lungs are still growing and developing. Also, they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults and they’re more likely to be active outdoors.

Those with respiratory diseases such as Asthma, COPD, or Cystic Fibrosis are more at risk as well.

Other susceptible groups include:

  • Older adults
  • Athletes who train outdoors
  • Pregnant women
  • Those who commonly work outdoors

 

  1. What are the health risks of air pollution?

There are short-term (hours or days) and long-term (months or years) health risks associated with air pollution.

Short-term health effects on healthy people include burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. For more susceptible groups, it can aggravate lung disease, cause respiratory infections, and trigger heart attacks for those with heart disease.

Damaging health effects due to long-term exposure to poor air quality include decreased lung function and shortened life span. You’re also much more at risk for the development of asthma, emphysema, and cancer.

 

  1. What can be done individually to reduce pollution?

So far, it’s clear that air pollution is no joke and we need to be aware of its effects on us. We also need to take proper precautions to make sure we are protecting ourselves when necessary. However, this doesn’t solve our problem of having air pollution in the first place. As a population, we all need to work towards minimizing our individual contribution to air pollution.

There is a ton that can be done and it all starts with understanding how the choices we make throughout our day affect air pollution. The more we consider how much energy we consume and the products we choose to use, the more we can help to reduce air pollution.

There is much more that can be done! Here are just a few examples to get you thinking:

  • Turn off lights, computers, and other electronics when not in use
  • Limit driving by carpooling, biking, walking, or using public transportation
  • Run dishwasher and clothes washer only when full
  • Use energy efficient appliances

Knowing where air pollution comes from, who is affected, the health risks associated with it, and what we can do to reduce our own emissions is very important. If more and more people understand these fundaments we will be taking a big step towards a brighter future.

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Most of the world breathes polluted air, WHO says

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(CNN)Almost everyone on Earth now breathes polluted air, according to an air quality map released Tuesday by the World Health Organization.

The interactive map, based on global air pollution data, confirms that 92% of the world's population lives in places where outdoor air quality fails to meet WHO guidelines.
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    This is a concerning public health issue, as air pollution can harm your lungs, heart and even brain -- with the potential to cause premature death, said Dr. Maria Neira, director of the organization's Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health.
    Just how deadly is air pollution? About 3 million deaths each year can be linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution, according to the WHO.
    "What is still surprising is the fact that we have been alerting about these horrible figures for a while now, and it's not improving," Neira said. From 2008 to 2013, global urban air pollution levels rose by 8%, despite improvements in some regions, according to the WHO.

    Dirty air around the world

    The new WHO map was created with data on the annual amount of particulate matter, or PM, found in the air around the world. PM is a type of air pollutant that consists of small particles, from tiny molecular clusters to the dust or pollen that we can see. For instance, PM2.5 has a diameter of fewer than 2.5 micrometers, and PM10 is about one-seventh the thickness of human hair.
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    Data were collected from 2008 to 2015 using satellite measurements, air transport models and ground-station monitors based in more than 3,000 locations in 103 countries.
    "With more accurate methodology and satellite information and better calculation of the estimates and using the standards, now we can be more confident in the data," Neira said.
    PM measurements were used to build the map because particulate matter includes different pollutants, it is universally present around the globe and it poses a public health risk, she said.
    According to WHO air quality guidelines, levels of PM2.5 -- the most dangerous kind of PM -- should be limited to 10 micrograms per cubic meter. However, the new map revealed that a whopping 92% of the world's population lives in places where air quality exceeds that threshold.
    PM2.5 includes pollutants such as sulfate, nitrates and black carbon, which can sneak deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system.
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    Separate studies have shown associations between increased PM2.5 levels and increased risk of mortality and morbidity, said Jim Zhang, professor of global and environmental health at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Global Health Institute. He was not involved in the new WHO map.
    "We also have data to show how PM2.5 affects the lung and the cardiovascular health. For example, PM2.5 exposure increases tissue and systemic inflammation, increases oxidative damage to DNA and cell membrane lipids, increases the risk for thrombosis," he said. "We also started to see cumulating evidence that PM2.5 lowers birth weight and impairs metabolic, cognitive and immune function."
    These smaller particles can enter and deposit deep into your lungs, and cause the most health effects, said Stuart Batterman, professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, who was not involved with the new WHO map.
    "Those health effects can include aggravation or causation of asthma, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, hospitalizations and death," he added.

    Where air quality is most alarming

    Many of the areas lacking clean air are in the Western Pacific, the Mediterranean region, sub-Saharan countries and Southeast Asia, according to the map.
    Nearly 90% of deaths linked to air pollution occur in low- and middle-income countries, and nearly two out of three occur in Southeast Asia and Western Pacific regions, according to the WHO.
    Although most sources of air pollution are from human activity, air quality can also be influenced by natural dust and dust storms, found in many desert environments in those regions, according to the WHO.
    "Many of the places that have high levels of pollution have very little monitoring data, and this includes countries highlighted in the report, including most of Africa and much of the developing world," Batterman said of the WHO map.
    "Air pollution is causing millions of deaths per year, mostly but not exclusively in the developing world, due to very poorly controlled combustion as well as indoor air problems from the use of biomass fuels indoors, such as wood, dung and coal," he said.
    Yet much of the developed world shows high levels of PM as well, according to the map. This includes major cities in Europe, such as Paris and London, and those in the United States, such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
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    "The pollutants that affect most people in the United States include particulate matter, especially the smallest particles that enter deep into the lungs, and ozone. Ozone has tended to be a problem that has affected large portions of East Coast, Gulf and West Coast," Batterman said. "There's also major regions across the Midwest and elsewhere that have problems with ozone.
    "Particulate matter pollution also has been an issue in many different regions," he added. "It is often a problem in some of the more urbanized areas, as well as industrialized areas of the country."
    However, in order to move forward in efforts to improve air quality, identifying the type of pollutant in various regions is just as important as identifying the sources of pollution, Neira said.
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    Bad Air Quality Kills Five Times As Many People As Bad Water

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    As China has become richer, it's paid a big environmental price. One in five deaths there are now attributable to poor quality air. The country ranks last among 180 for outdoor air pollution, according to a new report. Half the population lives with air unsafe by international standards. China is choking on its success.

    Yale's Environmental Performance Index shows how economic development both improves and hurts the environment. Since the turn of the century, about 410 million people have gained access to clean water for the first time, for instance. Millions more people have sanitation and more of the marine environment is being conserved.

    But, at the time time, the world is losing Peru-sized tracts of forests each year, 34% of fish stocks are over-exploited, and air quality is getting worse across East Asia and the Pacific region. Bad air now kills five times as many people as poor water, although the latter tends to get more attention from the development community.

    "As nations have become wealthier, particularly in Asia, their governments invest in sanitation infrastructure and fewer people are exposed to unsafe water, leading to fewer deaths from waterborne illnesses," the report says. "But as countries develop, increased industrial production, shipping, and automotive transportation foul the air, exposing human populations to dangerous airborne compounds.

    The Index rates countries by their environmental health and "ecosystem vitality," using 20 indicators. European countries perform best. Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and Slovenia top the list, with the U.S. in 26th place (we've dropped since the last report two years ago) and Brazil in 46th. China is 118th and India is 141st.

    Altogether, 3.5 billion people—or about half the global population—live with unsafe air quality. One third of those are in East Asia (including half of South Korea). In India, almost 75% of the population is exposed to dangerous levels of fine particulate matter. In fact, its problem is even worse than China's, though the former is more notorious for its pollution issues.

     

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