Only 5 or 10 years ago that would have been impossible and only a mere concept of thought. Well, how much things can change in just a few short years? Perhaps the technology was not available at that time, or there was a piece of the puzzle missing. However, that is not the case anymore. The technology and “know how” is available now since 2015. So how exactly do you clean up pollution and turn it into smog-free jewelry? We can credit Daan Roosegaarde for that.
The fact of the matter is urban air pollution is a serious problem around the world. Certain cities have air that is unfit to breathe and that creates serious health problems. In many cases, air pollution is getting worse in some places every year. This means more problems for citizens who are living in polluted environments. The consequence is huge strains on health care and the wellness of your loved ones. The American Lung Association has 10 tips to protect yourself from air pollution on its website. They say that it is very likely that “someone in every family is likely to be at risk from air pollution.” So what exactly did Daan create that is so great?
Meet the creator of Daan Roosegaarde’s
Daan Roosegaarde is a Dutch artist, innovator, and creative thinker. Daan has made social designs that explore the relationship between space, technology, and people. Daan was intrigued by technology and nature’s wonders at a very early age. Things such as, why fireflies and jellyfish emit light was all part of Daan when he was a boy. Today he is tackling his great passion of wonder and solutions with projects such as the SMOG FREE PROJECT (turning pollution into jewelry) and VAN GOGH PATH ( a glow in the dark bicycle path).
Daan studied Fine Arts and graduated from The Berlage Institute in Rotterdam with a Master in architecture. Later, in 2007 he founded Studio Roosegaarde, where he and his team of engineers and designers currently working on innovative projects to help create a better future for everyone. Daan has received numerous awards such as the London Design Innovation Medal, LIT 2017 Lighting Designer of the Year Award, Platinum A’Design Award 2017, D&AD Awards 2017 and many other prestigious awards and designations. Forbes and Good 100 have selected Roosegaarde as a creative change maker and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. Daan is also proud to be a visiting professor at the Tongji University in Shanghai.
Roosegaarde’s “Smog Free Tower” literally eats smog!
The large tower invented by Daan eats smog within a certain radius of the tower. The Dutch designer has contributed one solution to urban air pollution. The tower first made its debut appearance in 2015 in Rotterdam and then 1 year later in four different Chinese cities. In February of 2018, there will be one of his smog-eating towers placed in Jordana Park in Krakow, Poland temporarily from February to April 2018.
So how does the tower clean up pollution and turn it into jewelry?
The 23-foot-tall tower acts essentially like a giant vacuum cleaner that sucks in the polluted air from the top of the tower and then filtering the air to the side vents of the tower with clean air. The tower cleans an impressive 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour, and if that was not impressive enough, the process only uses no more electricity than a water boiler. Roosegaarde calls the tower the “world’s first smog vacuum cleaner.”
The smog particles that are collected by the filtration system is collected during the purification process and later made into little cubes that contain smog filtered from 1,000 m3 of air.
The carbon particles collected from the tower are made into jewelry such as rings and cufflinks. The compressed cubes are 8.4 mm by 8.4 mm. The jewelry appeals to those who wish to contribute their part in helping to give someone else cleaner air to breathe.