Cost to Develop: $236,000
Time: 1 year
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Your home could be emitting toxic gases. Just ask the victims of Hurricane Katrina, whose emergency trailers, made with glue-laden particleboard, let off so much formaldehyde that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that residents should "spend time outdoors" and "make relocating to permanent housing a priority." Even in more expensive new homes, the concentration of emissions from things like furniture, carpet and paint can be two to five times as high as it is outdoors. But most air filters only catch particulates such as dust and pollen rather than organic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene, and the filters that do trap those gases need frequent replacement. So Mathieu LeHanneur and David Edwards built an ultra-efficient filtration system that eliminates toxins using nature's own hazmat squad: plants.
LeHanneur and Edwards built the Bel-Air for an exhibit at Le Laboratoire, a gallery in Paris that features collaborations between scientists and artists. The next step could be pairing with a company to adjust the design for manufacturing. Michael Braungart, an environmental chemist at the University of Lüneberg in Germany, says it's a creative application of real science: "It uses the best of nature combined with the best that human beings can do."
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I think this air filter is a good idea, because there are a lot of people out there who have breathing problems or just want cleaner air. And it's NATURAL
I love the idea, but i see problems with plant growth in a contained space. Im also not sure why a larger house plant in a pot with a household fan wouldnt have a similar effect?
Better yet, get rid of any unnecessary pollutants and open the windows when possible.
re: "I'm also not sure why a larger house plant in a pot with a household fan wouldnt have a similar effect?"
it WOULD have a similar effect. but nobody is going to put a houseplant with a household fan in the Museum of Modern Art. people have to have something to make it worth "having" whether it's gimmicky or not, and it sure helps if it is good to look at, and a plant and a fan wouldn't really complete with a groovy looking object.
but when we get carpeting installed in our new upstairs, i'm gonna load it up with plants and fans to eat up all the fumes.
if i were a carpet installer, i'd have a collection of rhodendrons and fans to loan out to new customers for a week after installation. yes, you're admitting your carpets carry toxins, but maybe you'd get points for honesty. and those plants are hard to kill.
i think the plants are not borned to absorb these toxic gases which will kill these plants when the absobed gases reaching to a certain concentration,and thera primary task is going on photosynthesis to produce carbonhydrates to support their life.and i think the pots also can not afford enough lmusted iving conditions to plant.i think it will be a complexed problem and will be not convenient.
I believe the filter brings the air through both the plant area, the roots and the liquid in the soil. Sort of like three filters instead of just having go by the leaves.
I see positives because, let's face it, opening the window to fresh air anywhere close to a city or plant is a misnomer.
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I remember reading articles in Popular Science in the 80s about this concept. Bill Wolverton came up with the concept to clean air in spacecraft. He even had the idea to have a fan suck air through the soil, where microbes could help degrade the chemicals. Harry Ru, the plants don't just absorb toxins and die. They break down the chemicals. The only thing this product does is try to package everything in a neat container, which doesn't make it a new or ingenious invention, just decent product design.
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I have oftened wondered why indoor gardens have lost favor in the past few generations. I recall in the 70's homes were lush with indoor plantings. This is a great promotion and is good for the health of the family too.