House Plant Air Purification System

House Plant Air Purification System

Range Govindan
Sep 14, 2009

In modern and thoroughly industrialized cities, it can be hard to find fresh air. In order to clean up the air in your home from any allergens and particulates, it's always a good idea to have an air purifier around. Anyone with breathing problems will thank you. Isn't there a way to use nature to clean up your air?

The Andrea air purifier was designed by Mathieu Lehanneur and David Edwards of Harvard University. Their novel approach uses indoor plants to filter air. The initial design and concept has gone through a number of refinements in order to make it available to consumers everywhere. The design uses plants to capture particles in the air. The most efficient plants for this type of use are peace lilies, red-edged dragon trees, spider plants and aloe vera.

Andrea is going to be showcased at the Design In show in Brussels until the beginning of October. It will be available in stores after that. No information on price has yet been revealed, though this device can't be that expensive. Alternately, you could just get some of the aforementioned plants to purify the air in your home. Sure, plants require some maintenance, but we are sure that your place will feel a lot fresher with them.

[via Designboom, photos and images by Mathieu Lehanneur]

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