Today’s Solutions: May 25, 2024

Most air purifiers improve the air quality in your home by removing dust, pollen, mold, and bacteria, using filters made from a combination of glass fibers and plastic. At the end of their lives, typically six to eight months, the nonrecyclable filters are tossed, eventually ending up in a landfill.

In a bid to prevent waste, a team of innovators has developed an air purifier made from 90 percent natural and sustainable materials and 100 percent biodegradable materials.

Dubbed briiv, the air purifier uses four natural and fully compostable filters: moss, coconut fiber, activated carbon, and wool. All components work together to effectively improve indoor air quality, without leaving any waste behind. At the end of their lives, the filters take around three to four months to biodegrade in a compost environment.

The air purifier’s body is also eco-friendly. It is made from a new bio-plastic called vibers, which is composed of elephant grass and waste potato starch, enabling it to break down once it’s served its purpose.

According to the designers, Briiv can filter a 16-square-meter room in less than 30 minutes, costs almost nothing to run, and its houseplant-like design is made to complement the interior of your home.

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