Smog Vacuum Turns Pollution Particulates Into Unique Jewelry

Smog Vacuum Turns Pollution Particulates Into Unique Jewelry

A large device was installed in Beijing that sucks up smog and compresses it into small centerpieces atop jewelry

Zack Palm
  • 5 december 2016

Dutch social design lab Studio Roosegaarde is collecting pollution from their Smog Free Tower in Beijing, China and compressing it into tiny cubes to make Smog Free Jewelry using a smog vacuum.


The Smog Free Tower cleans 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour by releasing a positive ion charge into the air. Attracting the harmful airborne particles to the tower, a negative charge keeps the pollution inside while the clear air passes through and is released. The tower uses green wind energy and 1170 watts of electricity—the same amount a water boiler would use.

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