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Man sells bottles of air to smog-hit China

By T.K. Randall
February 6, 2016 · Comment icon 38 comments

The air is collected using a technique known as 'air farming'. Image Credit: YouTube / Aethaer
A British businessman has come up with a novel new way to make money by selling bottles of fresh air.
China's big cities have been plagued by crippling amounts of pollution in recent years - so much so in fact that some of its wealthier citizens have taken to importing fresh air from other countries.

One man taking advantage of this growing trend is 27-year-old Leo De Watts whose company 'Aethaer' has been collecting and selling bottles of air from the British countryside.
The ingeniously simple idea has already netted the business several hundred sales with some customers willing to shell out up to £80 ( $116 ) for the chance to take in a breath of fresh air.

The product is collected from mountaintops, valleys and other scenic locations using a rather straight-forward technique that Watts refers to as 'air farming'.

Whether the idea will remain profitable over the long term however remains to be seen.

Source: Independent | Comments (38)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #29 Posted by freetoroam 7 years ago
china's greed is worse than mankind's. No racist, just truth. Traditional chinese superstitions on making money is comparable to isis' teachings, both delusional and destructive. Ive seen first hand how chinese women would sell their unborns to scrupulous restaurants. Burn their own dying business for insurance, even it means inadvertedly burning down their neighbors' houses. The things you see in the media are just the tip of the iceberg once you live and see the inner workings of these people. Is this the result of an over populated country? is this the way other countries will turn in the f... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by XClashGames 7 years ago
First of all, this isn't a new idea, second of all, its pointless and technically a scam, and lastly British air is hardly clean.
Comment icon #31 Posted by freetoroam 7 years ago
First of all, this isn't a new idea, second of all, its pointless and technically a scam, and lastly British air is hardly clean. Do not confuse the ****e emitted by our politicians to our air, our air is still far cleaner than the Chinese. We are doing our best to avoids days like this: But are we doing it at the expense of the Chinese and do the Chinese business men give a damn about their people? But do the Indian care about pollution, will they stop breeding because of the extra resources needed? do they care that an ever increasin... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
It's neither statutory or forced so I'm not seeing how it's analogous to rape. Is he selling it as something other than bottled air? Are you getting the point? It's a manipulative idea of a product which has no sustainable benefit. The sole purpose is to rape the monies of those whom have money, are scared, and uneducated. Similar to rhino horns.
Comment icon #33 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
The people that do these types of shams are, well, repugnant. They prey on the uneducated to make a dollar for themselves, regardless of the financial harm to others.
Comment icon #34 Posted by AustinHinton 7 years ago
Well, China must be in even worse condition than I thought.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Sundew 7 years ago
Well, China must be in even worse condition than I thought. No, it's great if you like air you can cut with a knife!
Comment icon #36 Posted by Gecks 7 years ago
Im guessing for the Chinese its a placebo effect kind of deal. Yes its ridiculous and you can say its taking advantage of people but if they believe they want it they will find someone to pay for it regardless..... question ive got is 'air farming'??? Pretty sure you just open an empty bottle and it will fill itself with air.
Comment icon #37 Posted by fred_mc 7 years ago
This reminds me of this old clip from Sesame Street ;-) :
Comment icon #38 Posted by DingoLingo 7 years ago
its not a bad idea you know.. I could do the same with aussie air.. could have different flavors.. desert.. rainforest.. beach.. hmm may have to think more about this ;D

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