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In conjunction with this recent particularly severe wave of air pollution in Beijing, a Canadian start-up has come up with an interesting yet bizarre option for Chinese residents: canned fresh air. The company is called Vitality Air and they sold out their first 500 cans in less than two weeks to people shopping on a Chinese e-commerce site in November of 2015. For $20, you can treat yourself to pure, fresh bottled air from the Canadian Rockies, something that is very appealing to Chinese residents living in some of the world's most polluted cities.  Moses Lam, the founder of Vitality Air, travels 60 miles to Banff from his base in Edmonton, Alberta, to "hand bottle" the air, which he then ships to China.

Yes, perhaps it sounds like a goofy fad, but to those whose lungs have been straining against suffocating smog, this may be a welcome respite.

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Of course the most important thing for all of us to remember, in order to help combat the overwhelming pollution and climate problems we have on earth is to reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes make a big difference.

5 comments

Feb 06, 2016 • Posted by Brittany

Another reason why it is so important to keep our environment free of pollutants.

Jan 08, 2016 • Posted by John Carter

Wow! Never knew such a thing existed! Horrible that people have to even try such things in order to get clean air!

Jan 04, 2016 • Posted by Lolo

Excellent idea! And yes, this product may be handy for those in need. I’ve paid $ for canned oxygen before. It works great while skiing or hiking the CO Rockies playground above 10k ft. This product of canned fresh air may be just what the Chinese people need until their air quality improves.

Jan 04, 2016 • Posted by Connie

It amazes me that anyone would come up with the idea of canned air, and even more, that people would buy it. I guess when you live in a location with that much pollution you are willing to try anything.

Jan 04, 2016 • Posted by Denise H

That does sound crazy! I hope China is working harder at finding ways to improve its air quality – meanwhile in the USA, we need to continue to educate people.

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