Ubreathe Life becomes India’s First Plant-Based Air Purifier
Every year, air pollution gets worse during particular months across the world and creates health issues for all living beings. While there are many air purifiers to deal with indoor air pollution, there are only a few that incorporate nature in the process. A startup company of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar has developed a living plant-based air purifier, named Ubreathe Life.
The startup company, Urban Air Laboratory, claims its product to be the world’s first, state-of-the-art ‘Smart Bio-Filter’ that offers fresh and clean air. The product amplifies the air purification process in the indoor spaces.
Sanjay Maurya, CEO, Ubreathe said;
The consumer need not water the plant regularly as there is a built-in water reservoir with a capacity of 150ml which acts as a buffer for plant requirements. The device supplies water to the roots whenever it gets too dry.
As per a World Health Organization report, the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is around five times worse than the outdoors, which means that indoor air spaces are even more polluted.
IAQ is known to be affected by some gases including carbon monoxide, Radon and carcinogens from cleaning materials and building constituents that contribute to poor air quality and can also cause numerous health hazards like cancer.
The technology works through the air-purifying natural leafy plants. The room air intermingles with leaves and goes to the soil-root zone, where the majority of pollutants are purified.
The technology used in this product is the ‘Urban Munnar Effect’ along with patent-pending “Breathing Roots” to exponentially amplify the phytoremediation process of the plants. Phytoremediation is a process by which plants effectively remove pollutants from the air.
The Ubreathe Life efficiently removes gaseous and biological pollutants, and increases the oxygen levels in the indoor space through specific plants, UV disinfection, and a stack of Pre-filter, charcoal filter, and HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter tailored in a specially designed wooden box.
A centrifugal fan is used to change the direction of the airflow creating a suction pressure inside the purifier, releasing fresh and purified air. The plants best tested for air purification include Peace Lily, Snake Plant, Spider plant, etc., all of which are known to absorb toxins from the air.
IIT Ropar’s Professor Rajeev Ahuja claimed that after using Ubreathe Life for fifteen minutes AQI for a room size of 150sq.ft. drops from 311 to 39, which is a tremendous feat.