TENZING works with King's to help London runners find clean air routes

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by Josh Peachey

A plant-based drinks brand has partnered with King's College London to create a mobile tool that finds 'clean air routes' for runners. 

TENZING has teamed up with experts at King’s College London to create the TENZING Clean Air Tracker, which syncs with GPS tracking app STRAVA to show the live Air Quality Score of the user’s route, making polluted air visible for the first time.

Around 40,000 deaths are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution which plays a role in many of the major health challenges of our day. In the UK, these costs add up to more than £20 billion every year.

Londoner’s running around the city breathe much more heavily than pedestrians and therefore flood their lungs with pollutants. 

TENZING also launched a clean air run club

Every year TENZING natural energy donate 5% of their profits to environmental projects, and this year, they're focussing on air pollution. 

Huib van Bockel, founder of TENZING, said: "We're doing all we can to make sure people have the option of an energising drink that's free from chemicals and nasties, so why should that be any different for the air you breathe?

 “We started TENZING Natural Energy, to offer people a natural alternative in a market dominated by synthetic energy drinks. What applies to the food and drinks we consume, also applies to the air we breathe. As keen runners ourselves, we were shocked to find out the appalling air quality we experience in London."

Once synced with STRAVA, the Air Quality Score will automatically appear after every run, allowing people to tweak their routes; potentially cutting exposure by around 50%. 

Andrew Grieve, researcher at King’s College London, said: “Every day I see people out for their lunchtime jog, running along some of the capital’s most polluted roads. Running is great for health, but It’s even better on low pollution routes. By partnering with TENZING I hope that we can help the London running community dodge air pollution and find that clean air run.”