Smart Air

  • Year of Establishment


  • Area of Operations

    China, India, Nepal, Mongolia

  • Annual Operating Budget

    4.4 million RMB


Smart Air is a social enterprise that promotes DIY air purifiers as a low-cost solution to indoor particulate air pollution in China. Smart Air provides open-source test data and hosts workshops across Asia to teach people how to make DIY air purifiers. Founded in China, Smart Air also ships low-cost purifiers to people in India, Mongolia and other countries across Asia.

Problem Statement

More than nine out of 10 of the world’s population – 92% – live in places where air pollution exceeds safe limits, according to research from the World Health Organization (WHO). The majority of people affected by air pollution come from low- and middle- income countries.

Solution Statement

Smart Air’s mission is to provide affordable air purifiers to consumers across China and internationally, giving a greater number of the world’s population access to clean air and a healthier life, without having to pay a premium price.

Main Programs

Online shops: Smart Air is currently offering products like adorable air purifiers

on Taobao (淘宝) and through PayPal.

Regular Salons: Smart Air holds regular salons so spread the message that it doesn’t cost thousands of RMB to get clean air. Smart Air will test purifying effects on the spot and participants can make and take home air purifiers themselves.

School Programs: Smart Air runs a hands-on workshop in elementary and middle schools to help spread knowledge and awareness of air pollution.

How would the world be different because of Smart Air?

A major part of Smart Air’s mission is to educate people on the causes of air pollution, its health effects, and to give people the power to make their own educated decisions on how to best protect themselves. Smart Air is currently providing workshops for schools, businesses, and individuals. These are used to answer common misconceptions on air pollution, and to make complex technical questions such as the “mechanics of air purifiers” and “the cardiovascular and neurological health effects of PM2.5” easier to understand. With Smart Air reaching to more schools and communities across China, it has created a snowball effect of pollution awareness in the country. Smart Air has contributed to helping spread the word on how people can protect their health and improve their quality of life, and also encourage their customers to look into ways to live a carbon-neutral lifestyle (i.e. by driving the car less, or by flying less).