• Breathing easier in the face of air pollution

    3M's 2018 Sustainability Report - Breathing easier in the face of air pollution

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    • 3M’s line of respirators use filter media capable of filtering 90 or 95 percent of airborne particles.

      As a purpose-driven business, 3M is continually looking to apply its core technologies to challenges that affect peoples’ lives. One such challenge is air pollution. More than 7 million premature deaths can be linked to air pollution every year, according to the World Health Organization.

      Air quality guidelines are not confined to Asia. Parts of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and India and many other places around the world also face significant health risks due to air pollution - from vehicle exhaust, agricultural burning, power generation, and even natural occurrences such as volcanoes, sand storms, and forest fires.

      It’s a cloud of concern that led 3M to launch a line of respirators that helps protect wearers from breathing in air pollution particles. Our 9001V respirator filter media is capable of filtering at least 90 percent of non-oil-based particles such as PM2.5, dust, pollen, and automobile exhaust particles. Our 9501V model filter media is capable of filtering at least 95 percent of those same particles. Of course, users have to follow the user instructions and select and use the product properly to obtain desired results.