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Honeycomb Mask, or Honeycomb ACF Pollution Mask, is made with a disposable activated carbon
filter that is sealed inside a comfortable lightweight frame. The
carbon fabric works with inner layers of filtration material to trap
these indoor and outdoor pollutants: fragrances, particles, cigarette
soot, smog, dust, diesel fumes, formaldehyde. It also filters from
50% to 95% of household chemicals depending on the substance. Mask can be worn without the filters to avoid gnats and other bugs.
The Honeycomb Mask was designed to effectively seal in the carbon filter. This filter does not replace industrial strength
respirators and is not meant for extreme occupational exposure, but for most every day tasks, this mask is more than sufficient to filter
common indoor and outdoor air pollution. Through testing, the honeycomb carbon face mask was shown to be comparable to a standard N95 mask
in the filtration of particles 1.0 microns in size and larger. This face mask trapped 99-100% of particles in that size range.
During travel, the disposable activated carbon filter cleans the recycled air on airplanes,
trains, and buses. The filtration helps to reduce irritation of nasal passages and of the middle ear. This helps minimized the build up of
pressure and inner ear pain.
How long the activated carbon filter lasts depends on your sensitivities, your usage, and environmental factors. You should change filters
when breathing becomes difficult. You can purchase replacement carbon filters for this mask. The ear loops adjust for a comfortable fit, even
with eye glasses, goggles, a hat, or helmet. This mask is washable, but the mask should not require frequent washings.
Honeycomb Mask Video
Honeycomb Mask Construction and Components
Components of the Honeycomb Mask: Polyester shell, cotton/polyester tape over wire encased in plastic, latex free
Components of the Carbon filter: Air laid web material consisting of powdered activated carbon from bituminous
coal bound onto a polyester support material with a modified acrylonitrile copolymer latex (this synthetic latex does not contain
the protein of natural rubber).
For those with severe allergies or reactions, please consult your physician prior to use.
I have a smaller face and this mask is fairly small in size, not too big for me like most masks are. It packs flat in my bag or purse to have along for shopping or classes so it is very convenient. So glad to finally have a good looking mask that fits much better than the 3M charcoal filtering masks and I don't have to worry about it getting squished when I'm not wearing it!
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Reviewed by: Kat from Arcadia, FL
I am allergic to a particular tree and it makes it difficult to even breathe near it. Using this mask, I was able to cut my medications in half when around this tree.
The mask is comfortable when you figure out how to wear it. As an eyeglass wearer at first I found it fogging up my glasses. But if you adjust the mask a bit lower on the bridge of your nose and squish the mask nose-bridge tight, glasses rarely fog.
However, it is not a fashion statement. I don't know why the manufacturers squared off the tip of this mask at the nose, it would be better rounded. That's probably one of my only complaints.
Reviewed by: allergy sufferer from Ann Arbor Michigan
I wear this mask at work and find it to be very comfortable. It fits well and even though I have it on for about eight hours it is still comfortable at the end of the day. The filter fits close to my face and seems to filter out the tiny particles that have been bothering me so much. My allergy symptoms have already improved after just a few days.
Customer Q & A
Q1: I am travelling to Beijing, China in April. The pollution has been downgraded from poor to poisonous. They've even called the air quality "soupy" and gone on so far as to say that the city is not a safe place to live, work, or raise a family. Will this mask be sufficient for a brief stay of approximately 3 days under these conditions? If so, how often would you suggest the filter be changed? I cannot say as of right now how often or how long I will be outdoors, but figure that if the air is that bad outside, it has to be at minimum a poor condition inside buildings as well. Any thoughts?
A: Yes, this should significantly help you in this case. Particularly with this type of city pollution, the activated carbon in this mask should help filter out these types of contaminants.
If you're looking for a better sealing mask, I would suggest you consider any Respro mask WITH the chemical/particle filters.
The Honeycomb isn't NIOSH rated, and while the Respro isn't either, the Respro does carry the European equivalent NIOSH rating of N95. Plus, the chemical/particle filters will adsorb and remove many of the chemicals you'll be dealing with.
Many of the Respro models are specifically marketed and geared towards city pollution, and the Techno and Sportsta masks come standard with those chemical/particle filters.
If you wear the mask ALL the time while you are in Beijing, you might want to snag and extra set of filters. As a reference point, the average filter life is about 60 hours of normal use.
Q2: Does it protect the user from a room of second hand smoke?
A: Yes. Though as with any mask, if it's an area where the concentration of the pollutant you want to filter is very high, some may eventually get through. However, for everyday use it will filter out secondhand smoke with no problems.
Q3: I work with fine powders vinegar,lemonand spices including chili and cayenne. Working w/large quantities it is almost unbearable. Will this mask work for me?
A: It will help. Whether or not it will eliminate the odors from those things will depend on the concentrations and how long you are around them. The activated carbon in this mask will reduce or eliminate what you breathe in while you work.
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Honeycomb Mask with Carbon Filter
In 2008, the Honeycomb Carbon Mask from I Can Breathe! was a fixture with some world class athletes and professional support staff
during travel and preparation for the Beijing Olympic games.
This mask is a respected product that works well for many different applications. The carbon insert
in the mask filters out smog, smoke, and other pollutants. I wore it while I was cleaning my
bathtub with a very weak bleach mixture. The mask muted the extremely strong smell.
Although I could still slightly smell the bleach, it was so much
better with the mask on. We are also painting a room in our house
and the Honeycomb Carbon Mask helped me withstand the smell of the
paint. Lastly I have used this mask while working with gasoline and notice a big difference in odor than with a simple
N95 rated mask.
Not only is the mask effective, it is also comfortable. The
mask itself is soft, adjustable and washable. You simply insert the
carbon sleeve into the mask. Then if needed you pull on either sides
of the mask to make it a tighter fit. The mask comfortably fits over
you nose and mouth. In order to get the
maximum protection, you should change the carbon as soon as you can
smell the difference.
What I like about the Honeycomb Mask
It keeps me from getting those headaches after working in polluted environments
Very comfortable and easy to adjust
The carbon insert has Velcro so it sticks to the mask easily
Carbon replacement filters are inexpensive
The filtration is comparable to N95 masks with the added benefit of filtering odors
What I did not like about the Honeycomb Mask
I wish it was a little more breathable, but that is to be expected since the carbon is thick.
I give the Honeycomb Carbon Mask 5 out of 5 stars. It is
a terrific mask for those of us who are sensitive to certain particles
or chemicals! I would recommend having a few on hand just in
case because each job is different and some jobs the carbon might
absorb more than others. For traveling or odd jobs around the house this face mask is a perfect fit!