From Pollution-Reducing Pods to Air Filtration Fashion

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Oct 20, 2015
From pollution-reducing transportation to architecture that literally sucks contaminants out of the air, these innovations are fighting pollution all over the planet.

The Clouds Observatory is a series of pollution-reducing rooftop pods. The plastic clouds deflect heat away from buildings, reducing the need for high-energy air conditioning. Furthermore, professors at the University of California created a bikini that filters pollution out of the water surrounding them as they swim.

In high-pollution areas like China or Japan, innovation focuses not only on pollution-reducing efforts, but also on products that protect consumers from the direct effects of pollution. A huge range of smartphone-based pollution-monitoring apps allow users to determine the level of air pollution in their surroundings. Umbrellas, jewelry and apparel stop their wearers from breathing in too much smog. Whether it's a pollution-reducing product, upcycled item or protective piece of apparel, these innovations fight pollution in a multitude of ways.