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Eco-fact Friday: Turning China's pollution into actual bricks

The air pollution in China is so bad that there's actually an artist who goes around the streets of Beijing with a vacuum cleaner, sucking up the smoggy air and turning the coal particles into bricks. Yes, BRICKS made from air pollution in China.

Nut Brother with his smog brick

Meet Nut Brother, who has hit the streets of Beijing in order to show the world how very real and very terrifying China's pollution crisis has become. He says, "I want to show this absurdity to more people. I want people to see that we cannot avoid or ignore this problem and that we must take real action." During Beijing's most recent, record-breaking smog levels which resulted in a city-wide "red alert" and the pulling of 5 million cars off of the roads, many residents claimed that they couldn't tell whether it was night or day outside.

You can barely tell it's daytime in China with all this pollution

Nut Brother, whose real name is Wang Renzheng, literally walks the streets and vacuums up pollutants, later turning the dusty, particulate air into solid bricks. He claims not to be an activist, but rather a "normal person who's passionate about the environment...who wants to use imaginative ways to change society." This is certainly an attention-grabber and a call to action. We can only hope it will make some sort of a difference, at least in terms of awareness as a start.

As always, reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes can make a huge difference.


Feb 10, 2016 • Posted by Linda Gonzales

I’m not sure whether to be impressed or horrified. I was just speaking to a friend last night about how i could never go to china with how bad the air is there. We are just polluting and killing our planet.

Feb 09, 2016 • Posted by Amanda Burke

I would never believe such a thing. It is horrible to see what we are doing to this poor planet. It is here to give us a home and we treat it like one Lange landfill. People these days have zero respect for the Earth. People need to wake up and realize what we are doing and fix our mistakes before its too late.

Feb 06, 2016 • Posted by Brittany

That is horrible! Especially when you can vacuum the pollution up and make bricks or not knowing if it is night or day outside.

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