This Smog Vacuum Cleaner Turns Carbon Particles Into Jewelry


The designers and engineers at Studio Roosegaarde, together with Environmental Nano Solutions and university researcher Bob Ursem, have recently launched the “Smog Free Project” in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


The “Smog Free Project” vacuums up the smog in the air and transforms the carbon-filled smog particles into jewelry.


The Smog Free Project creates clean urban skies and creates Smog Free Rings.

Roosegaarde: “I believe we should do more, not less. We are happy to launch the Smog Free Tower to show a clean future”.


“We humans have created machines to enhance ourselves, we invented the wheel and cars to liberate ourselves and travel. But now these machines are striking back, making air extremely polluted in high-density cities.”

“In some cities, this pollution is visible. In others, air pollutants and smog may be invisible, but the impact on our daily lives and health is very real. In the Netherlands we live 9 months shorter because of smog.”


Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde believes we should do more, not less, and make modern cities liveable again. Roosegaarde and his team of experts have used patented ion technology to build the world’s largest smog vacuum cleaner.


The Smog Free Tower produces smog-free bubbles of public space, allowing people to breathe and experience clean air for free.


The first 7 meter high Smog Free Tower cleans 30.000m3 of air per hour of ultra-fine smog, uses no more electricity than a water boiler, and runs on green energy.


As a tangible souvenir, Roosegaarde also creates jewellery of the collected smog particles. The smog dust filled with carbon is compressed into high-end jewellery like the Smog Free Ring and Smog Free Cufflinks. By sharing Smog Free Jewellery, you donate 1000m3 of clean air to the city.


After the launch in Rotterdam, the Smog Free Project will travel around the world to cities such as Beijing and Mumbai.

Via Contemporist

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