Sales of bottled air up as pollution worsens
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”.