My name is Ethan Brooke and I am the person behind BreatheSafeAir.com. I want to tell you a short story about how this website came to exist, and why I write about something that to many, may seem quite boring.
How does one begin writing about air pollution, respirators, and filtration? Actually, quite coincidentally it turns out!
I am from New Zealand, the country that has the cleanest city in the world in regards to air pollution. Air pollution is rarely even considered and most people don’t even know what a respirator is.
In 2016 I moved to South Korea to study. During the next few years, I wanted to share experiences with others and I began a travel blog, Seoulinspired.com.
However, while writing about my experiences in South Korea, I realised something. Many foreigners moving to the country worried about air pollution, but there were almost no useful resources on the topic! At least not in English.
That inspired me to write two articles. One about air pollution in Seoul, and one about fine dust masks. That article quickly took off and became my most successful.
While writing those articles, I found that I had a passion for writing researched articles. Writing travel articles is fun, but I have always loved research and writing about these topics really appealed to me.
At the start of 2020 something else increased everyone’s interest in respirators. You can probably guess what I am talking about.
I found myself writing an article about virus respirators, and soon I had five articles on respirators alone. I realised that it’s almost impossible to find good resources that answer questions such as ‘What’s the difference between an N95 respirator and a KF94 respirator?’.
With the amount of articles that I was writing about respirators and air pollution, I realised that it was taking over my so-called ‘travel’ blog.
From there, this blog was born. I don’t know why I find this topic interesting to write about, but for some reason I enjoy it to this day. So, there you have it. That’s my story and the story behind how this blog came to be. I hope you enjoyed reading it!
I do need to mention that I am not an expert in the field of respirators and air pollution. I have not studied either these fields in university, and rather, I just study them in my spare time out of my own interest.
I always do my best to provide sources for my information and I rely on official sources. When it comes to my mask reviews, I provide information from third-party test results that I have been provided. In this way, I do my best to always make sure that all information is accurate and verified.
I discuss my website ethics and beliefs in more detail on my disclaimer page. If you would like to learn more, I highly recommend reading that page.