Watch: Diamonds made from carbon in a smog-sucking tower

August 18th, 2016

What can we do with all that smog in the air? How about... turning it into diamond jewellery? Don't laugh, because that's what's happening, right now. Back in June, Collectively reported on the smog-sucking tower that was touring China, developed by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde. It's part of the Smog Free Project, a simple, bizarre and brilliant idea:...

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What can we do with all that smog in the air? How about… turning it into diamond jewellery? Don’t laugh, because that’s what’s happening, right now.

Back in June, Collectively reported on the smog-sucking tower that was touring China, developed by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde. It’s part of the Smog Free Project, a simple, bizarre and brilliant idea: a specially created structure is placed in an area known to have high air pollution. The tower then literally sucks pollution out of the surrounding atmosphere, recycling it and pumping it out again as fresh air.

A neat sidenote to the project was Roosegaarde’s range of jewellery produced from the smog-sucking process. The carbon collected by the towers is treated, eventually turning it into – yep – diamonds. And if that’s not cool enough, the money raised from selling the diamonds will help fund more towers, tackling pollution and creating more clean air.

Unsurprisingly, Roosegaarde’s jewellery has been proving pretty popular, so here’s a closer look at what goes on. Bye bye, smog – and hello,precious shiny thing that’s funding better quality air.

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