Sales of bot­tled air up as pollution wors­ens

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A com­pany sell­ing bot­tled air col­lected from a prim­i­tive for­est in north­ern China says sales spiked fol­low­ing a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the coun­try’s air qual­ity.

Bei­jing and parts of eastern China have ex­pe­ri­enced three pe­ri­ods of “haz­ardous” air qual­ity since the start of au­tumn, and me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal de­part­ments have warned there will be more to come be­fore the spring due to the use of coal-burn­ing heat­ing sys­tems as tem­per­a­tures drop.

Global Out­look Biotech said sales of its Sen­lin Baobei can­is­ters, which con­tain air col­lected from the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­tonomous re­gion, are on the rise.

“The cans con­tain air from the prim­i­tive forests of the Greater Khin­gan Moun­tains,” said Chen Zhi­quan, the com­pany’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor. “We sold fewer than 100 bot­tles in Au­gust and about 400 in Septem­ber. But we sold more than 1,000 in the first 20 days of Oc­to­ber, and have been sell­ing more than 100 per day since then thanks to the re­cent smog.”

The can­is­ters, which are priced at $8.50 and come with a breath­ing mask, are de­signed to pro­vide 30 min­utes of “nat­u­ral fresh air”.

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