Polluted air has grown 8% globally in the past five years. Now, billions of people around the world are now exposed to dangerous air; this according to data from over 3,000 cities compiled by the World Health Organization.
Online tree planting gift company Treepex has developed a pocket-sized device that can transform polluted air into fresh oxygen. As urban air quality declines, the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases increases for the people who live in them. In 2015, pollution-related diseases accounted for 9 million premature deaths.
The device may sound—and look—strange, but its concept is not entirely new. For example, those in polluted-rampant countries, such as China, wear surgical masks to create a buffer between the polluted air and their lungs. Georgian entrepreneurs Bacho Khachidze and Lasha Kvantaliani felt that the current situation of global deforestation and polluted air needed solving.
“I knew I had to take action when I started having troubles breathing during summer in my hometown,” Lasha Kvantaliani, CTO and co-founder of Treepex said. “I knew it had to be technologically innovative, portable and easy to use, so you can take it anywhere you like at any time.”
How polluted air is cleaned
First, a removable cartridge filters out potentially dangerous solid particles, like lead and carbon, from the air. Then, the active filtration process begins through a series of chemical reactions. Next, non-toxic catalytic converters help oxidize the harmful compounds, leaving the remaining carbon dioxide to be converted to pure oxygen.
“Treepex replicates the tree’s process of transforming polluted air into fresh, mineral-enriched air,” CEO and co-founder Bacho Khachidze explains.
The device will connect with user’s phone via App and helps to monitor air quality and lung activity. It’s made from stainless steel, is completely recyclable and water-resistant. The charge time is also short needing only 30 minutes which can last up to 24 hours, perfect for people who are on the go.
Though the device is still in its early stages. And while it hasn’t undergone any sort of testing, most doctors described it as being on the right track. For more information on the Treepex device that transforms polluted air into oxygen, click here.