Everyone from kids to seniors can build an Air-It-Yourself

Everyone from kids to seniors can build an Air-It-Yourself

Jihee Moon from South Korean design studio Newtab-22 Develop open source IKEA style guide with instructions on how to build the air yourself air purifier In less than an hour using everyday items.

The Do the air yourself The system uses household waste from shoe boxes to plastic plant pots for parts and combines it with a mini USB fan and HEPA filter plate, which can be purchased cheaply and easily online.

Jihee Moon developed the Air-It-Yourself open source air purifier
Instructions for making an air purifier
Jihee Moon developed the Air-It-Yourself open source air purifier

By showing how air purifiers can be made using items already in the home, the moon It hopes to offer an alternative to the traditional high-tech scrubbers that often come at a high cost.

“While air purifiers are usually very expensive, the functional structure of the product is not complicated,” Lezin said. “If you have a filter and a fan and have access to the how-to guide I developed, everyone can easily make similar products.”

Six different versions of the Jihee Moon Air-It-Yourself Air Purifier from Newtab-22
Air-It-Yourself is made from everyday household items

air pollutionboth at home and abroad, caused 6.7 million premature deaths in 2019 — a risk that disproportionately affects poor countries and families.

By enabling these communities to make their own low-tech purifiers, Moon hopes to democratize access to clean air and establish it as a public resource and human right.

“Air pollution widens the inequality between the rich and the poor,” Moon said. “In the long term, governments and individuals must make lasting changes to improve global air quality. However, until then, self-protection is a priority.”

Six different versions of air purifiers
The product can be self-made using IKEA-style instructions

Moon built different prototypes using the Air-It-Yourself system, each using different household tools but built using the same logic.

A large, hollow item such as a shoe box, oil funnel, or plastic plant pot is used to shape the body, with holes on either end to accommodate the fan on one side and the HEPA filter on the other.

The seal is sealed with glue and tape to prevent leakage and to ensure that all the air sucked in by the fan is pushed out through the filter.

Additional items can be added for practicality, bottle caps are used as feet to lift the air purifier off the floor, and curlers act as handles so they can be carried from room to room.

Instructions are designed and adapted based on interviews and workshops with residents in Seoul, where there are levels of particle pollution Twice as high as any other major city in a developed country.

The result is a product that “everyone from children to the elderly can easily make, and takes less than an hour to make at an affordable price,” Moon explained.

Various Jihee Moon Air Purifiers from Newtab-22
One version of the design made using an oil funnel (bottom right)

Despite its handcrafted design, the purifier was able to improve indoor particulate pollution from an “extremely unhealthy” air quality index (AQI) level of 304 to a healthy three in just two minutes when Moon experimented with the design.

Because the design leaves the filter visible from the outside, it also forces users to actively engage with the air quality in their homes.

“Users can see the filter contamination with their own eyes,” she explained. “This means that they can know the changing day of the filter directly.”

Jihee Moon Air Purifiers
The system is designed to be easily accessible and affordable

In the future, the designer hopes to create a completely open source platform, where users can share their own modifications of designs based on the resources at their disposal.

It was recently done Air-It-Yourself Shortlisted in the Sustainable Design category subordinate 2022 Dozen Awards.

Here, the project encounters another open source tool – A Food processor that works with household jars – next to Brick made from recycled construction waste And the Fire hose outdoor furniture set.


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