While researching an article for the upcoming issue of beijingkids, I found out about a company called Cambridge Mask founded by young British entrepreneur Chris Dobbing (formerly of Vogmask). According to the website, the masks use technology originally invented by the UK Ministry of Defense for protection against biological, chemical, and nuclear warfare.
The company’s masks are all manufactured near Cambridge, UK and distributed in China through the Beijing offices. Sizes are available for children and adults.
The products were independently tested by a third party called Nelson Labs of America, a US Food and Drug Administration-approved center that tests for National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health compliance. Cambridge Mask products met the N99 standard of filtration – a level higher than the N95 standard often recommended for pollution masks. Official test results are available on the Cambridge Mask website.
Featuring twee British-inspired names like the Sherlock and the Prince George, the masks retail for RMB 175-215 and are available online through Taobao, WeChat (account name: CambridgeMask), and Jinkou.
They can also be found in Beijing at the International SOS Beijing Clinic, Parkway Health, and ICVS. Click here for a full list.
Sijia Chen is a contributing editor at beijingkids and a freelance writer specializing in parenting, education, travel, environment, and culture. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, The Independent, Midnight Poutine, Rover Arts, and more. Follow her on Twitter at @sijiawrites or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Cambridge Mask