Green Screen: A Living, Carbon-Capturing Face Mask That Filters Bacteria

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From color-shifting swine-flu masks to vegetation-filled breathing filters, we’ve seen some wacky mouth sheaths in our time. (And that goes double for accessories made from living plants.) Made with pulp derived from fungal spores, along with seeds that eventually sprout, this concept face mask blows its high-concept competition clear away. Not only does “Green Screen” filter airborne bacteria away from delicate nasal passages, but it also sequesters carbon dioxide from every exhalation.

Project Greenway, Columbia University

PULP FICTION

Besides creating a barrier against germy invaders, the reusable face mask also acts as a miniature ecosystem for the embedded seeds. With every breath exhaled, carbon dioxide and moisture facilitate the germination and growth of the budding flora.

With every breath exhaled, carbon dioxide and moisture facilitate the germination of the embedded seeds.

“An average adult weighing 154 pounds exhausts 456 liters of carbon dioxide a day,” notes designer Robert Ortega. “Encapsulating this from the breath can have a significant effect on the total greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.” Bonus: As the mask takes root, it can be planted directly into soil.

Green Screen was one of five finalist in Project Greenway, a design competition organized by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture.

+ Project Greenway

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2 Responses to “Green Screen: A Living, Carbon-Capturing Face Mask That Filters Bacteria”

  1. mkass says:

    OK. This is definitely “different.” There’s a lot of use of natural and organic materials on the skin (http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/2010/04/discovery-of-the-great-glacial-facial/) but breathing through a plant is a new one

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