This Pretty Natural Air Purifier Is Powered By Plants

This Pretty Natural Air Purifier Is Powered By Plants

Most air purifiers are ugggly.

They’re machines. Meant to get a job done. Not look good. But why do we have to sacrifice one for the other?

That’s what the makers of NATEDE by Clairy thought. They created a smart natural air purifier that looks like an especially well-designed flowerpot. It couldn’t be farther from the typical clunky air purifying machine that you’d rather hide away than put out in your home.

But this air purifier does more than look pretty.

NATEDE eliminates nasty indoor air pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. It even rids indoor air of 93 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), 99 percent of bacteria, and viruses, fine-particulate, and odors.

Indoor air can be pretty gross. Numerous studies have shown indoor air as far more polluted than outdoor air. But NATEDE can help. This powered-by-plants machine can clean a 129-square foot room in a little more than three hours and a 387-square foot room in nine hours.

How it works

What makes this natural air purifier so unique is the houseplant that grows in the machine. The plant isn’t just for looks. It’s essential to the technology behind the air purifier.

This smart air purifier piggybacks off the natural processes of air purifying plants. Because plants are awesome, many of them naturally eliminate toxins in the air. NATEDE builds off this technology (known as phytoremediation, if you’re fancy like that) and amplifies it.

The process comes down to its filter and its design, which increases airflow through the plant. Airflow is important. Your everyday flowerpot blocks airflow to the plants’ roots. But NATEDE amplifies that airflow to speed up the natural air purification process, so it can eliminate a larger number of pollutants from indoor air than a typical plant.

And, unlike conventional air purifiers, NATEDE features a filter that you never have to replace. The filter uses light energy to get rid of nasty air pollutants and transforms them into harmless substances. And, the filter is reusable. You simply wash it to clean it. The company even says it lasts forever.

Plants you can grow in the air purifier include:

  • Aloe vera
  • Boston fern
  • Chamaedorea
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Devil’s ivy
  • Dracaena
  • Flamingo lily
  • Peace lily
  • Pigmy date palm
  • Snake plant
  • Spider plant
  • Weeping fig

But don’t worry, you don’t need a green thumb. NATEDE includes a self-watering system with a tank capacity to water the plant for about a month, depending on its water needs. It even includes a red indicator that lets you know when it’s time to fill up the tank.

NATEDE is made of a sustainable biomaterial and the premium version is made of ceramic handcrafted by artisans in Italy.

An app for that

What would we do today if there wasn’t an app involved? But this one is pretty cool.

NATEDE includes a smartphone app (available for iOs and Android) that lets you check the air quality in your home in real time. When connected to your home or office’s Wi-Fi, you can monitor the air in your home from anywhere.

Check the levels of pollutants in the air like VOCs, PM2.5, and CO with a few finger taps. The app also tells you the humidity and temperature in the room.

When the natural air purifier detects high levels of pollutants, it will send an alert to your phone. When this happens, you can tell it your habits, so it understands them better. For example, when you’re cooking, there may be higher levels of VOCs.

You can also adjust the fan speed on the device and select one of the four available operating modes (auto, performance, night, and custom) via the app.

You can even connect NATEDE to smart home devices, like Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Home.

But you don’t have to check the app to figure out the air quality in your home. The natural air purifier comes with an LED lighting system on its front that indicates the quality of the air. If the light stays lit, it means you’re breathing in excellent air. If it fades in and out slowly, that means you’re breathing good air. When it starts fading in and out faster that means poor or bad quality air. At that point, you should set it on performance mode to turn it on full power.

Where to find it

After the success of its first natural air purifier, Clairy, the makers formed a company of the same name. Now, Clairy created a Kickstarter in April 2018 to launch NATEDE, its second product.

NATEDE will be ready starting in April 2019. But you can pre-order it now. NATEDE Regular is $189 plus shipping. The premium version is $319 plus shipping. You can also purchase a wooden stand to go with it. The Clairy product is already available for purchase.

Get ready to take control of the air you breathe.

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