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ANDREA air purifier uses a common household plant to clean your air

Air purifiers aren’t uncommon items to find in a house, especially if you’re in the presence of a germaphobe. There are a variety of methods to clean the air, including UV light, filters, and ionization. But have you seen one that uses a houseplant? Well that’s exactly what this ANDREA purifier does. It features a plant in a special casing which draws in polluted air, and uses the plant’s natural metabolic energy to clean it. The air is then pumped back out into your room.

Maybe I’m missing something here, but I don’t quite understand how enclosing a plant, then forcing air through it is going to produce better results than just having a plant living in your house. Seems like a waste of $200 to me. On the other hand, it does look pretty cool, just not $200-worth of cool.

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