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Andrea Air Purifier Uses Houseplants to Clean Air

Casa Verde: The Andrea Air Purifier

Are you concerned about the indoor air quality in your home? If not, maybe you should be: harmful toxins in the air within the home, including ammonia and formaldehyde, are commonly found in carpeting, cleaning products, paints, and wallcoverings. One way to combat these toxins is with an air purifier. A new product on the market is the Andrea ($199), an air purifier recently introduced to the United States.

Invented by Harvard University professor David Edwards and French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, this high-design air filter actually uses everyday household plants to absorb and eliminate common airborne toxins. Houseplants possess natural systems that absorb and eliminate airborne pollutants, employing active plant filtration along with water and soil to cleanse the air. The Andrea is 40 times more efficient in cleaning air than standard HEPA/carbon filters, and boasts a sleek, modern design that won't distract from your home's style.

Andrea was recognized as the Invention of the Year by Popular Science magazine and was also exhibited in the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art. Do you have an air purifier in your home? Are you considering purchasing one?

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