Toronto-based New Earth Solutions is offering a sustainable and compact method for natural air purification. Respira, a hydroponic smart garden, helps improve the air quality of indoor spaces, something that society has found an additional need for since spending more time inside the home. The self-sustaining garden can be mounted on the wall or set up in a planter to complement multiple styles.
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Respira is completely user-friendly — no green thumb required. Installed in about 10 minutes, the garden essentially takes care of itself via a patented biofiltration process with a self-watering, self-feeding and self-lighting system built-into the design. An automated controller accessible through a touchscreen and phone app manages and monitors things like water temperature, water level, water flow, air temperatures, humidity and TVOC levels for air quality.
As for foliage, buyers can currently choose from three different kits: a “tropical” assortment with hearty and low light rainforest plants, a “vibrant” assortment with bright and colorful plants, and a “pothos” assortment with a combination of Devils Ivy, Golden Pothos, Marble Queen and Jade Pothos. System dimensions are just 39 inches in height and 19 inches in width, while the body, made from bamboo and sustainably sourced ABS plastic, weighs about 48 pounds when full and holds 13 four-inch plants. A reusable pre-filter that removes larger particles from the air before they reach the plant’s roots supplements the plant’s natural filtration abilities.
Since the walls are planted hydroponically, the system requires no soil and never needs to be replaced. Instead, plants are fed by nutrients and hydrated with a circulating stream of water while the exposed roots absorb and destroy harmful toxins from the air. Users need only refill the water basin every 10 days, add nutrients every six months and wash the pre-filter every two months.
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