#1 By: Cory Doctorow, January 9th, 2014 23:02
#2 By: Pat Race, January 9th, 2014 23:08
Ironically produced by a smog bellowing factory.
#3 By: Jon Jablonski, January 9th, 2014 23:15
Unfortunately I followed the link and don't see a photo of an actual mask. I think that's far more likely to be a fancy bag for an escape mask--something that many Chinese hotel rooms have--especially the ones more than 10 or 15 stories. The size is about right.
Cory: don't you remember seeing these tucked in the closets behind the empty blankets? Or you too busy MccGyvering coffee solutions when you travelled there?
#4 By: technogeek, January 9th, 2014 23:53
That's an interesting question: Would the natives be offended if a visitor wore a serious respirator rather than the paper things that never seal well enough to the face?
(I've got a proper dual-filter dust-and-organics mask in my workshop.)
#5 By: fireshadow, January 10th, 2014 00:11
I remember one year when my college gave out those paper masks because there was a huge wildfire nearby. I will never forget looking towards the fire and seeing the mountains glowing or walking to class with ash raining down.
#6 By: Alexandra Kitty, January 10th, 2014 00:13
#7 By: SpeedRacer, January 10th, 2014 00:19
It's entrepeneurship like this that the Clean Air Act and the EPA in general are shutting down. Just think of all the small business opportunities we could create by removing these obvious impediments to a free market.
(that was sarcasm, but discourse didn't like my close sarcasm tag)
My favorite response to anybody who starts on the Clean Air Act or the EPA is "Have you seen the weather forecast for Beijing?"
#8 By: digitalArtform, January 10th, 2014 00:27
#9 By: kmoser, January 10th, 2014 01:23
Whoa, I would pay for these bags. Not the gas masks, just the bags.
#10 By: Julian Bond, January 10th, 2014 03:48
#11 By: Brad Zimmerman, January 10th, 2014 03:49
technogeekagain: your dust mask probably isn't designed to filter out PM1/2.5/10 although, of course, I can't be sure about that - perhaps you have a special or versatile mask. I think the masks that most folks are wearing there are (or should be) filtering out those very small particles. The following link has a little review of various masks from 3M and other companies - some local to that part of the world - that make masks specifically designed to deal with heavy levels of pollution.
#13 By: Mike R, January 10th, 2014 05:40
And what genius told the rocket scientist that the mask was for smog?? They're for use during a fire stupid. Such masks have been available for years in some Chinese hotels and even budget (Motel 7) motels. Amazing anyone would believe the masks were for smog.
#14 By: Salgak, January 10th, 2014 07:33
Ah, but THIS time, EVERYBODY lives !!!
#15 By: gilbert wham, January 10th, 2014 08:59
You see how someone said that above, only politely? That was nice.
#16 By: Nathan Hornby, January 10th, 2014 09:42
What's so unbelievable about it?
#17 By: WearySky, January 10th, 2014 09:58
I came in here to say that it's shocking to me that smog has gotten so bad in Shanghai since I was there about 7 years ago (when there was no smog at all), that hotels would be offering such a thing. But since it appears that this mask is in case of fire, not for smog,
#18 By: technogeek, January 10th, 2014 10:58
http://s.gc1.co/is/image/Grainger/3PRE2_AS01?$s7product$ ... but, granted, only with nuisance-dust filters over the organic vapor cartridges, not HEPA.
#19 By: awjt, January 10th, 2014 12:18
Yes, saw these in our hotels in Shanghai and in Nanjing. They are for escaping the building in case of fire, not for walking around in the city.
#20 By: Torn Paper Napkin, January 10th, 2014 13:29
I would be so tempted to steal the bag. Can you buy them?
#21 By: WearySky, January 10th, 2014 13:49
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