Earth Health Technology

Invention eats air pollution

Invention eats air pollutionIs there a room sized version ?

U-Earth Biotechnologies, is one of a handful of companies worldwide seeking to combat smog by, essentially, digesting it. The 10-foot tall cylinder, part of a demonstration project in Turin, contains a strain of bacteria that can consume car exhaust, sulfur dioxide from coal plants and other airborne nasties. One of the units can create a bubble of clean air about the size of a basketball court, according to co-founder Betta Maggio.

What about the collected waste? In one case it becomes jewelry.

The concentrated smog in plastic casings that’s turned into jewelry. A ring topped by a tiny black cube was previously about 1,000 cubic meters of dirty air. He’s working on a new design that would integrate his machine into a city’s sewage pipes so the toxic dust would be processed with the waste water, easing the disposal problem.


Creating a tangible souvenir, Roosegaarde designed Smog Free Rings, Smog Free Cubes and Smog Free Cufflinks of compressed smog particles. By sharing Smog Free Jewellery, you donate 1000m3 of clean air to the city.


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