The Smog Free Tower Helps Turn Smog Into Jewelry

The Smog Free Tower Helps Turn Smog Into Jewelry

Not only is Rotterdam's Smog Free Tower the "largest smog vacuum cleaner in the world," it's also a jewelry manufacturer. Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde created this tower after a 2014 trip to Beijing left him shocked by the amount of air pollution he saw. Roosegaarde designed a seven-meter-tall tower that can clean around 30,000 cubic meters of air every hour. It does so by running on just 1,400 watts of power, which is no more than a tea kettle requires. Besides creating pockets of air that are 75% cleaner than they were initially, the tower collects smog that is later turned into jewelry. Roosegaarde's team takes the smog and compresses it for 30 minutes before sealing it within a resin cube that can be worn as a ring or cufflinks. The first 1,000 sold out quickly due to high demand. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

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