World’s Largest Air Purifier Cleans Air, Turns Smog into Jewelry
A giant air purifier in Beijing, China is definitely allowing people to breathe easier. The seven-meter-tall air purifier in China, created by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, filters out 70% of PM10 particles and 50% of the PM2.5 particles, which are both harmful smog particles. This creates a 30,000 cubic meter “bubble” of purified air. The collected smog particles are then compressed and turned into jewelry, particularly rings, which help support the Smog Free Project.
“We decided to build the largest smog vacuum cleaner in the world. It sucks the pollution from the sky and cleans it on a Nano level to clean the PM2.5 and PM10 particles so we have parks that are 55 to 75% more clean than the rest of the city,” said Roosegaarde in a video.
The air purifier is just one half of Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Project. The other half is collecting the smog particles from the air purifying tower and compressing them to make jewelry.
“So, inspired by that [the concept of the beauty of cleanliness] we compress the carbon of smog for 30 minutes and we are making smog free rings,” Roosegaarde said.
Each smog free ring carries the equivalent of 1,000 cubic meters of air pollution. Each ring purchase is the equivalent of donating a 1,000 cubic meters of clean air to the city that the air purifying tower is in.
Roosegaarde and his Smog Free Project don’t end there.
“We are working on smog free bicycles, which suck up polluted air, clean it and release the clean air,” Roosegaarde said. “Together with Chinese and Dutch expertise we will bring back the bicycle as a cultural icon of China and as the next step towards smog free cities,” he added.
Apart from China, Roosegaarde will also begin introducing smog free towers, smog free bicycles, and other designs to India and other countries.
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