It all started with a few friends on a trip to China, where our co-founders Peter Whitby and Rich Szasz experienced air pollution for the first time, and were shocked to learn how many people breathe polluted air daily. To make things worse, these people lacked proper protection. When returning to Canada, they questioned why clean air wasn’t a basic human right available to everyone and set out on a mission to make it so.
What started as a jacket with a built-in mask (stitched by Peter himself) eventually became the O2 Curve - the first premium respirator of its kind launched in 2017. Since then, O2 been bringing solutions to the respiratory market in the military, medical, and sport verticals, building cutting edge, custom designed respirators for specific use cases.