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WIN a Beautiful ANDREA Houseplant Air Purifier (worth $195)!

by , 04/07/10
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Want to clean and freshen the air in your home using the power of plants?

We’ve been in love with the ANDREA houseplant filter’s modern design for quite some time now, so we’re thrilled to be giving one of these amazing air-purifiers (worth $195) to one very lucky reader this week! ANDREA isn’t just pretty to look at – it’s 40 times more efficient than HEPA or carbon filters, and more effective than a houseplant alone because it sucks air into the plant filter through a fan, and propels it through the leaves and root system of a plant, and then back out through water and soil filtration into the room environment. On top of all that, it requires no filter changes (meaning there is less trash to worry about).

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350 Comments

  1. marjav April 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    It would be lovely to own the houseplant air filter, but as I am a young and poor designer ;), it is quite complicated to find a way to afford it to myself. (Truth!)
    And, as a person who definitely appreciates ecological design, I should try to be a guiding light :D

    .. And ofcourse, the air in my home is a bit dusty.
    (I\’m sure I am going to have this great invention sooner or later. Hopefully sooner than in 10 years time!)

  2. christine ang April 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    :) I started reading why all of my fellow followers wanted and/or needed this really cool gadget, but decided to just not look to write my own take:

    First, I\\\\\\\’m so glad that I found you guy\\\\\\\’s. I would have never known about you had I not seen your ad on FB. Now, I get to follow you and become more and more exposed and linked into the type of life that not only I need but my family and an awareness to where we all need to head.

    As my husband calls me a \\\\\\\”granola\\\\\\\”, I only try my best and do my part. I try and raise my children and help my husband understand the need to be aware of what we use, where it comes from and how we can help not be so waistful. I would just love to be able to win this gadget and even if I didn\\\\\\\’t I will be in the market for it when things are a little more stable. What a great direction to go! I would love to try and grow a veggie plant in there at the same time? to see if we can do a multi function?! Awesome!
    Good luck to all!
    Christine

  3. jenpilkington April 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    i moved from vancouver to montreal.my bedroom has no windows. i cannot see a sunset over the ocean. & i live on the “mountain”. flowers are an expensive habit in montreal (not so in vancouver). my snot is no longer clear-ish. it has a smokey hue now. sigh, i miss nature.

  4. vijayshri10 April 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I NEED an ANDREA so i can open it, understand the mechanism and duplicate the design :)

  5. sclegacyphd April 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    In spring & summer, we love to keep our windows open instead of turning on the air conditioner to cool the house. However, too often this leads to allergy attacks. This filter – using indoor plants to which we’re not allergic – to counter those outside, looks like the perfect solution. I think it would be even prettier with one of my favorite orchid plants inside.

  6. satsumaimochi April 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I would love to get one of these for my parents’ house. My parents live in Juarez, Mexico, on the border with Texas. The air quality is very poor, and houses are not well built to insulate them from outside temperatures and air conditions. The bad air quality is exacerbated not only by the large amount of old, polluting cars in the city, the fact that it’s in a valley, which creates a cloud of toxic air over the city; but also that it is a dry, desert environment, with very few trees and green areas to help purify the air. My mom keeps a lot of aloe vera plants, since they are well-adapted for the desert heat. My dad is prone to bad respiratory infections, and I’m willing to bet it’s in part due to the awful air pollution in the city.
    I think the ANDREA air purifier would be a great solution to make my parents’ home a healthier, cleaner environment and improve their quality of life.

  7. hoot-al April 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    we recently downsized our lifestyle a lot
    when we moved to a trailer with our dog & our tot

    living in such a small space our family is now more green
    we’ve reduced our carbon footprint thanks to our airstream

    with a little one running around on the floors
    i worry about toxic dust, mold & spores

    with a dog, a baby, and way too many toys,
    our space is limited, please help our little boy,

    right now we’re depending on one tiny plant
    to clean our whole house, that’s a lot for one plant!

    the andrea houseplant filter would take what we’ve got
    and multiply its effectiveness, oh yes, by A LOT!

    we could put our small spiderplant safely inside
    which would make enough room for our andrea to reside

    trailer life would be better for our family of three
    if the air we were breathing were VOC-free!

    so thanks for this chance to truly help fulfill our dream
    of turning our living space into an eco mean green airstream!

  8. lyke113 April 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    i live with a bunch of dudes and our house ‘kinda’ smells

  9. hockiemack April 9, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I need fresher air at home!

  10. MikeW April 9, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Cause I really need it at work … WW2 era building remodeled into office space. Who knows what is above that drop ceiling?

  11. michellesilva April 9, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Working as a designer in a manufacturing company, in an industrial part of town. We have trucks coming in and out all day long.

    We rather have the windows closed instead of breathing the toxic exaust fumes.

    We NEED the Andrea Air Purifier to improve our life quality in our office.

    Not only would our air be better, but it would definitly be a perk in our dull grey room as well

    as inspirational for our future projects.

  12. gracey April 9, 2010 at 3:40 am

    I would love this! The air quality in my house could be (much) better. Thanks.

  13. metis April 9, 2010 at 3:35 am

    i need it to improve indoor air quality and circulation, with radiators there’s no filtering like in a forces air system.

  14. Celia April 9, 2010 at 3:28 am

    I can live without it, but I’d probably live better with it. My lungs will thank you!!!

  15. omahn April 9, 2010 at 3:19 am

    I moved into my very own (rental) studio about a month ago. I love the amount and quality of natural daylight that I get, but there is also a certain staleness in the air when I first walk in after being out all day. So I decided to start shopping around for some sort of portable HEPA filter in addition to buying more pretty plants to soak up the sun in my tiny space! Then along comes ANDREA – genius.

  16. margie54 April 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I would love to own an ANDREA to help me breathe better. I have severe allergies and asthma; which can be taxing to catch my breath. I also have 3 yorkies and assorted birds that I have rescued, all living in the house with me.

  17. industrialdrainage April 8, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I live in a rental, with awful air quality, and there’s nothing i can do about it.

  18. susannasa April 8, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I think you should give it to NiaTrue!!! Not everyone can have an old, weathered little house on a hill in the bush like me where even with the windows closed you can smell the possum poo. I vote for NiaTrue and her family although if I did have one it would go right by our baby-to-be’s crib. Thanks for all the comps!

  19. jorgito28 April 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I need this for my mother who lives in the Central Valley of California where air quality is very unhealthy because of pesticides and pollution. She is aware that the air quality is bad but cannot afford an air purifier. She is getting older and needs some type of air purifier in her apartment to help her breath better. She currently is getting breathing treatments from her doctor but this will help tremendously.

  20. onechance April 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I NEED this because I live in the city with the very WORST air quality in the entire country of the United States. My puppy is home during the day and she also needs to breathe clean air.
    My fiancee and I also have terrible allergies. Please help! You’re the best. No really, it’s true.

  21. mafpa64 April 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    i like fresh air

  22. guylafayette April 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Hello, my Mom needs an ANDREA as she is recovering from major surgery and quit smoking after 60 years. So if I win an ANDREA I will give it to my Mom as she needs one.

  23. artnnature April 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    There are SOOO many good comments and strong cases here for people that probably need the “Andrea” more than I do that it’s hard to imagine that I have a chance of winning, but here goes…

    I have two cats right now and have always had cats in my life. I have lived in this house almost 38 years and needless to say there is cat dander in every crevice, every space between the old wide pine floorboards, behind the baseboard hot water units in every room, and everywhere else. The house is about 130 years old. While I am somewhat allergic, I feel I can’t give up my cats and the two I have now are the sweetest ones I’ve every had! I live alone and they are really great company! What’s really bad is that my daughter-in-law is EXTREMELY allergic to cats and numerous other substances in the environment. My only son, who just turned 38 married her in September 2009 and they are living in Chicago now. Even my daughter-in-law’s Mom is allergic to cats! The result is that in the nine years that my son has known Sharon, now his wife, she has only visited my home about three times and has had to sit outside on the deck (it had to be in the summertime!) The one time she stayed overnight, in spite of taking medication and using her inhaler (did I mention she has asthma too?), I had my son and her sleep in a “cat-free” room that had been completely scrubbed down, newly painted and in which I’d put a brand new mattress and bedding but in the morning she felt ill anyway and she and my son had to leave. Sharon’s Mom has NEVER been here… Sharon says she’s more allergic than she lets on and I have invited her. We get along great but somehow she always has a reason why she can’t come here and invites me to visit her in Chicago and stay in her home.

    I have cared about the environment for many years, had solar hot water panels installed on my home in the early 1980s, and have driven a hybrid Honda Civic since February 2004, before hybrids were particularly popular. I recycle, have given over my life for the past three years plus to finding a way to subdivide land my mother bought many years ago for my brother and me in NH (Clark Hill Woods) in order to generate some income to live on in my retirement (I am 66). I decided to make the land into a GREEN community with no road going in, only driveways, a responsible storm water management plan that will create as little harm or change the ecology and drainage on the land as minimally as possible, to avoid animal trails when deciding where driveways and homes are to be , etc. There are only 12 lots and four of them are 11+ to 12+ acres. I am telling you this only to reinforce the fact that I care deeply about responsible treatment of our environment, our planet, and the well-being of our wildlife and our children and grandchildren. Many discouraged me along the way from insisting on this being a “Green” project. I persevered and finally think I have won that battle. The land will remain largely wooded with minimal disturbance. The first engineer I hired created a terrible storm water management plan that looked like one that an industrial park might have with huge detention and retention basins. I have used up nearly all of a home equity line of credit and some of my very limited money that is in the stock market at a time when the market was tanking, in getting this project to market. It is finally there but who knows when even one lot will sell in this bad R.E. market.

    I don’t know if the “Andrea” would be sufficient to “do the job” in my home to make it more possible for my daughter-in-law to come here to visit, but maybe two “Andreas” could do the trick. Perhaps I could buy one later once I have sold a couple of lots. I hope that when my son and his wife have children that it will be possible for them all come to visit me in my home here in Massachusetts.

    I have been a subscriber to the Inhabitat e-Newsletter for some time already and look forward to its arrival every time so I can read the always interesting and informative articles in it.

    May the best entry win! There seem to be many worthy entrants!

  24. shochhalter April 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Living in an old home, with three other people, across from a plastics plant in south Minneapolis, I do as much as I can to have a clean and natural home. Having the addition of the Andrea Houseplant Filter would help me feel more assured of a healthy environment. I look forward to getting one!

  25. Tammie April 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    MY COMMUNITY NEEDS THIS AIR FILTER BECAUSE MY OFFICE IS A DEMONSTRATION SITE FOR GREEN TECHNOLOGIES. WE ARE GOING TO INVITE STUDENT AND OTHER COMMUNITY GROUPS TO VISIT OUR BUILDING FOR FREE WORKSHOPS ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY AND OPEN THEIR EYES TO CREATIVE IDEAS AND OPPORTUNITIES,

    IF YOU GIVE US THIS AIR PURIFIER, OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY WILL BENEFIT, NOT JUST OUR OFFICE! WE HAVE POOR INDOOR AIR QUALITY, AND THE STATISTICS TO SHOW IT. WE WOULD LIKE TO MEASURE THE AIR QUALITY AGAIN AFTER WE USE THE ANDREA TO SHOW THE DIFFERENCE.

    PLEASE SEND US THIS PERFECT GADGET FOR OUR LAB SO WE CAN EXPLAIN HOW IT WORKS TO CHILDREN AND THEY CAN MAKE THE CONNECTION TO WHY INDOOR AIR QUALITY IS IMPORTANT!!!! THIS GADGET CAN MAKE A BORING, YET IMPORTANT TOPIC VERY INTERESTING!

    MAHALO FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

  26. si_researcher April 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I need an Andrea. I work in an old building with lots of dust and allergens that make me sneeze and my eyes water all day. I love my job and would like to feel good while I am doing it. There is no way to open windows. The Andrea is perfect for the office space and will be shown off to everyone.

  27. Shadigirl April 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I NEED an Andrea because living in a small condo with 2 dogs, a cat, fish and a messy roommate makes for some very unfriendly indoor air! I love green ideas and using the power of earth’s natural creation to do exactly what it is intended to do. I recommend products to hundreds of people but only under the condition that I’ve tried the product myself as all are based on first-hand experience so winning an Andrea, proving it’s abilities and sharing that information with others excites me.

  28. mymetamind April 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I would like a friend of mine to receive the Andrea Air Purifier because she suffers from allergies, and is presently dealing with many other health issues that are draining her energy and finances. She is a brilliant vegan being, and teacher, who spends most of her time enlightening her students and others, on our imperative need of love and respect for our environment, and each other. She truly is the most enlightened and benevolent being I have ever had the honor of knowing.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Lain

  29. greenteXas April 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I need an Andrea because I have told so many people about it, but I have not tried it out yet. In addition I live in Houston, TX where much of the year it is too hot to open the windows.

  30. CTG April 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Andrea is the name of a good friend who lifted my heart and opened my eyes to numerious opportunities that I never realized. This air purifier reminds me of all the innovative and truely exceptional things that she taught me. The world is my oyster and someonewill awe me with their innovative ideas. The Andrea Air Purifier did just that. I commend my friend Andrea and this innovative product that shares such a beautiful name.

  31. taraoakes1 April 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Why do I need this amazing planter/air purifier? Because I live in Houston on the east side with all the refineries AND I have 5 dogs in my house at the moment. Ah, the life of dog rescue Mom!

  32. eeames April 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Loved ANDREA when she was introduced at Greener Gadgets in NYC. Can’t wait to see the wonders she can do cleaning the air in my Brooklyn apartment!

  33. NiaTrue April 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Six reasons why I NEED (read: really must have) an Andrea air purifier:

    1) I have allergies.
    2) My oldest child has allergies.
    3) My middle child has allergies.
    4) My youngest child has allergies.
    5) My cat has allergies.
    6) My husband has developed allergies while living in our apartment because the old-fashioned, rusted-shut radiators can’t be turned down, which means that during the winter, our home becomes a heat-intensified, allergen-manufacturing facility–with dancing, cat-hair dustbunnies as value-added special effects.

    Please?

  34. kmorrs April 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    gimmee

  35. tah3 April 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    At 40x more efficient than HEPA or carbon filters, and being more effective than a houseplant alone (because it sucks air into the plant filter through a fan, and propels it through the leaves and root system of a plant, and then back out through water and soil,) I need one of these to give my sinuses a fighting chance and to show my houseplants they’re not in it alone.

  36. lauraenman April 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Well, I NEED an Andrea purely because I’m pretty sure everyone NEEDS one. No special circumstance here… just a girl looking to breath in a big city :)

  37. TannerB April 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I just finished watching the movie Bio-Dome and now see this amazing combination of technology and biology! Coincidence? I think not!

    Finally I will have something that Kylie Minogue (in the movie) would be jealous of, and admire me for!

  38. windycindy April 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    What a fantastic invention/concept! I suffer from chronic rhinitis and our two sons have seasonal
    allergies! Of course, indoor air is more polluted that the outside air. I like how this purifier uses
    the plant, soil and the like to create oxygen to cleanse indoor air! This takes having houseplants
    to a whole new level. Many thanks, Cindi

  39. Jonathan Austin April 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    As a Landscape Architecture student living in Los Angeles I am very concerned and aware of the quality of air I breathe and the lack of it in this region. This is why I NEED the ANDREA. It will help clean the air space I inhabit and perhaps bring a bit of cheer to my simple room décor.

  40. bmaloy731 April 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I would love to be the winner of this ANDREA air filter because I live in NYC where the air quality, even on a good day is sub par. to dangerous. And summer is coming, which brings with it a further, drastic deterioration in air quality. I have asthma, as does my 14 year old son and I’m sure the is air filter would help alleviate some of the symptoms of that. Also, it looks so cool, maybe after we tell our friends and family about it, they’ll go out and buy one! Thanks.

  41. kendrafong April 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I would love to win the Andrea House Plant Air Filter because I have HORRIBLE EXCEMA and am sensitive to a many things. The aloe plant sounds like it would be great for my skin and the air I am in contact with because of the plant. Also – I just signed a lease for a new apartment and will be moving soon, so it would be a great addition to my new studio. It is really cute too. Thanks! 

  42. MaxMax April 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Here’s why I’d love to win: it’s because of an air issue in my office. Black sooty dust with long black fibers regularly falls out onto our desks and other work surfaces. Occasionally a large, hairy black clump will fall out. The slot vents above our desks (that all of our air blows through) have been tested and are “overloaded” with fiberglass fibers, and fiberglass has been found in the dust around our office. Engineers have told us that the dust appears to be caused by a breakdown in insulation material, which comes with a lot of yucky chemicals. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can legally do to get the building to clean up, since fiberglass fibers above permissible levels haven’t been found suspended in our air. Our building tells us that this is the “best air in the country.” Meanwhile, I’ve had 6 throat infections in the past year, and am sitting at my desk with my N95 fiberglass mask on. I wear a mask at my desk every day (as do two of my coworkers). My eyes and nose burn for most of the day, and most mornings I wake up with at least a mild sore throat. These symptoms subside when I’m out of the office (I felt SO much better when I was in Mexico City for a week over Thanksgiving). I’ve recently checked out the Andrea, and would be SO grateful to win it!

  43. jeffchen April 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I NEED the ANDREA because my two Miniature Pinschers have silent but deadly farts. And what better way to combat their nature with something natural!

  44. JenniferE April 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I need this Andrea air purifier because, frankly, my fiance is a compulsive farter. We have designated the kitchen as a “no fart zone”, however, the rest of the house smells horrible because of his putrid flatulence (and lets face it, it DRIFTS into the kitchen). PLEASE, help me get some fresh air!

  45. Rambillo April 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I NEED this. I live in an old brownstone in Brooklyn with my husband, two sets of tenants living upstairs, two young diaper-wearing kids, two dogs, two cats, two tanks of fish, and Petey the Lizard. And we garden a lot, and compost all our kitchen scraps …. so we’re traipsing in and out of the house with buckets of scrap, buckets of dirt …. and while it’s mostly under control …. sometimes, well, it’s just all too stinky.

  46. AndreaLearned April 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    My name is Andrea – so I am, of course, the rightful future owner. (Plus, I love the design of it and otherwise fail as a houseplant nurturer).

  47. pinochle April 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I have allergies and this would be great for me!

  48. stefAR April 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Here is why I need the andrea air purifier: I live in an old house with 2 dogs, 2 sugar gliders, and 1 fiance which means keeping my house clean is a constant battle, I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have clean air!!! Not to mention the fact that I love the outdoors so if the temperatures are between 60 and 95, I probably have the windows and doors open. The pollen, pet dander, mildew, and just good old dirt are constantly flowing in my house!

  49. joe.normand April 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Great Design – anything which works with nature as apposed to against it is a good thing. The product is aptly named – the meaning of Andrea is derived from ‘warrior’ – we all need to be warriors for the environment. I am always looking for alternative ways of combating harmful environmetal toxins and this appears to be an excellent step in the battle.

  50. smashinbox April 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    This thing is awesome, not sure why its $195 for a plant with a fan blowing on it. but still cool

  51. horseygirl5 April 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    i live in a historic home built in the 1700s. to maintain the character of the house and reduce our electrical foot print, we don’t have air conditioning. during warm spring and summer months, our only way to cool down the house, and ourselves, is by opening the windows at night. i have been an life-long allergy sufferer, so an air purifier like this would be a dream come true…and help me sleep better at night!

  52. massive attack April 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I NEED one of these, a. Because inhabitat is my favorite site(seriously,I’m on my way to being a green builder) b. I have several house plants, but there is still unsafe air because of carpet which retains a lot of dust etc.& too much CO 2 cuz my landlord fixed the venting wrongly…boo hoo

  53. bunigrl33 April 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I live in an 140 year old house with lots of animals. I frequently wake up with a sore throat. I would love to have one of these in my bedroom.

  54. squerry April 8, 2010 at 11:45 am

    It’s about time there
    Is less electronic waste.
    More Andrea Air!

  55. erastos April 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I need some fresh air when I’m not on a break!

  56. Mariangeles April 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

    My roomate smokes a lot !!!!!!!

  57. omrltf April 8, 2010 at 7:50 am

    My son has allergies. My wife, daughter and I are allergic to just about everything. Despite that my wife insists that we have fresh air at all times, even when the pollen count is extremely high! We could really use this air purifier.

  58. omrltf April 8, 2010 at 7:48 am

    My son has asthma, My wife, daughter, and I are allergic to just about everything. Despite that, my wife insists that we have fresh air in the apartment at all times, even when the pollen count is insanely high! We could use an air purifier.

  59. andrea_bakacs April 8, 2010 at 5:52 am

    I saw Andrea at the Greener Gadgets Conference in NYC this year and fell in love. Not only does she have the same name as me, but it’s also pronounced the same! Not Aaaaan-drea like Ann-Dree-Ugh but like On-Dree-Ugh. Brilliant. I live in NYC in a still gentrifying neighborhood mostly run by scummy management companies. Mine, who happens to own a large portion of the buildings up in Inwood, my neighborhood, takes advantage of the law and the poorer sociodemographic society that live there to burn the dirtiest possible oil in the burners of it’s many pre-war buildings.

    What kind of oil is this? Well, let me tell you it’s the kind that leaves black dust– yes black, not white– all over your apartment within just a few hours even with the windows closed. It also leaves a sticky glue-like black residue all over the tops of cabinets, and lines your windowsills with the same substance. What is this toxic sticky dark mess? Burning unrefined sludge. Ever seen the billowing black smoke wafting for a few seconds into the blue sky above beautiful art deco buildings uptown? They are in fact burning the dirtiest substance that can be burned in order to fire the boiler. The Environmental Defense Fund has an interactive map showing you the concentration of buildings burning this type of oil, and even pin points my building. It can be found here: http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=49624

    Currently in NYC, less than 1% of all buildings are creating more pollution than all the trucks and cars combined! Welcome to my building. According to the EDF, “The pollution produced by burning No. 4 or 6 oil—some 1,000 tons of it every year—threatens the health of all New Yorkers, creating a rain of toxic soot that aggravates asthma, increases the risk of cancer, exacerbates respiratory illnesses and can cause premature death.” So besides the train graveyards, major sanitation truck depots, and large semi trucks burning their diesel up and down the streets all day long, I’ve also got to contend with burning sludge. Despite my use of green cleaning products, zero VOC paint, a HEPA filtered vacuum, and using as many house plants as possible, I can’t help but think I am still poisoning myself by breathing in this sludge. At the Greener Gadgets Conference it was demonstrated how the Andrea could clean the air up to 40 times more efficiently and quickly than a regular plant all on its own. The angels literally started singing in my head. The holy grail of air purification!

    I love Inhabitat, have been reading it for years, and have never entered one of these contests. But this time I thought ok, I really do need this and can’t afford it. Andrea, meet Andrea.

  60. acme01 April 8, 2010 at 5:07 am

    A friendly plant like this is just what I need in my bed-sit to help clear the air from my cooking, socializing and general living!

  61. cvaldes April 8, 2010 at 4:38 am

    I REALLY need it because my allergies are getting worse since I live in Madrid (you know: dry climate, a lot of pollution, more than 10 hours/day sunlight…).

  62. ezekielsays April 8, 2010 at 1:08 am

    2 Children in the house
    Windows closed for months on end against the Minnesota winter winds
    A love of plants that I’m trying to pass along to my children.

    Who needs more reasons than that!
    I’d love this air filter.

  63. mythicwolves April 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I live in a dorm at Penn State. The combination of the car fumes coming through my window and the smell of my roommate, means I REALLY need this air freshener.

  64. hcosurfer82 April 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    i sure could use this in the dry so cal summers

  65. Daniellevincent April 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    If I won this I would give it to my mom to take to her office! She has poor indoor air quality and could use a little pick me up at her desk! Thanks for such a great giveaway!!!!

  66. shaggydee_ay April 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I was so excited when I read this post. I had read about these things last year and thought they would be amazing to have. I’m a student working in multimedia lab at my university. I have been pushing our lab, along with other coworkers, to make our lab more earth friendly. I’m happy to say that we now only use green cleaning products, all machines get powered down each night, and we’ve set up recycling posts for paper, plastic and batteries.

    On one thing though, we have not progressed and that is air quality control. We have a TON of computer equipment in the lab, and as such have lots of volatile organic compounds from the electronics in the air. This device would simply be amazing to have in the office. As a place with high traffic, it would make an ideal place to point out from whose generous hands the gift came from.

  67. revit4greenfuture April 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    We’ve been wanting an air purifier for a good while now. My brother has some serious allergy issues as well as I. I had a chiropractor fix many of mine though. I love plants too. They enjoy listening to the ambient music I play all day. I could definitely ensure that the plant live a happy life.

  68. dianabeedyd April 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks allie, stay fresh!

  69. feldhaus April 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I think this would be great to have in my office, the air is stale and it seems like when Im at work I must sneeze 20x more then at home. Ive been trying to look for an Air Filter that is neat and convenient for the office but no such thing until seeing this guy. It would great, I just bought some fake grass and it would fit right in.

    Thanks and look forward to who wins!

  70. allie April 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    This would be fantastic, for all the obvious air-improving reasons, but also because it would be one plant my cat couldn’t get to and eat.

    (But I think that dude that wrote a rap about needing an air purifier should win. Seriously, that was pretty fantastic!! Way to go making the rest of us look bad, dianabeedyd.)

  71. nike April 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I have come across stylish Andrea several times before and instantly fell in love with her. Not only her good looks, but also her good pupose caught my attention. As much as I believe Andrea’s intentions of purifying my air as nobody has done it before, I need to be convinced in real life!

  72. Beegrl77 April 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I need this for my two toddlers with alleriges – always looking for ways to keep out house clean & this air purifier would be a great green addition to our home! (Plus keeps the plant safe from curios fingers & mouths that would otherwise probably try to eat the leaves! : )

  73. taciturnforsale April 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I live in Philadelphia which isn’t a pretty or clean place. In fact I believe it’s considered one of the most polluted in the US.

    I also love the design and concept of the ANDREA. It would not only purify but visually warm up my little hovel.

  74. mo8ius April 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    The air quality in the heart of Phoenix is so bad, the federal government has given us an ultimatum to clean up our act, or air. Yeah, that’s hard to do in a dusty desert! My husband and 22-month old daughter are asthmatics with severe allergies and respiratory problems (my little one is just recovering from pneumonia as I type this!). We could really really REALLY use this amazing purifier! I’m totally in love with this!

  75. asgiacoppo April 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I live next to the nasty Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and with a newborn on the way this will certainly help with air quality. Though I should probably just move.

  76. Jeremy C April 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    My partner and I live on our sailboat and want to keep the air pure and clean in our little home. However, we don’t have the power (or space!) to run a full air-purifier onboard, so it would be great to have an ANDREA Air Purifier in our floating home.

  77. robcrab April 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Such an interesting concept and design. I’ve been looking for an air purifier, and this one is way outside the box compared to the rest.

  78. Lndscpurbnsm April 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I would love one, but I get so little natural light in my apartment that it’d probably die!

  79. ashrecords April 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I work in an office with stuffy/stagnant air, odd fumes coming from a corner that smells like coolant(says my co-worker, which can’t be a good thing), a coworker that reeks of cig smoke every day, and a few co-workers who might as well be reptiles, because the a/c is too cold for them (hence the stagnant air). So I would love to have this to get some fresher air, blow the fan towards the smoke/r because it gives me headaches, and to prevent the mysterious odor from ever reaching my cubicle.

    I’ve been thinking about getting a cactus for my desk, but this is 195 times better. This will make me cooler in both ways.

  80. ashrecords April 7, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I work in an office with stuffy/stagnant air, odd fumes coming from a corner that smells like coolant(says my co-worker, which can’t be a good thing), a coworker that reeks of cig smoke every day, and a few co-workers who might as well be reptiles, because the a/c is too cold for them (hence the stagnant air). So I would love to have this to get some fresher air, blow the fan towards the smoke/r because she gives me headaches, and to prevent the mysterious odor from ever getting to me.

    Also, I’ve been wanting to get a plant for my desk too. This will make me cooler in both ways.

  81. Redthunder211 April 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Two words…COLLEGE DORM…save me Inhabitat…I can’t take another college dorm Spring…

  82. Ramone_32 April 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I could use this because I live in a northern climate with the windows closed 8 months out of the year and I live in a building with animals and lots of things being smoked.

  83. rdelmont April 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I got laid off last year and am now living in my parents basement. It doesn’t have a lot of windows and they both smoke and you can smell the smoke downstairs. I have been looking for an air purifier for some time now, but all the good ones are expensive. Please help!

  84. brock April 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I could really use this as our first child is due in the next copule weeks. I would love to have a purifier in her room like this.

  85. eileen0311 April 7, 2010 at 11:56 am

    This is fantastic!!!

  86. dianabeedyd April 7, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Pure air in LA, HA! I’m no fool
    Smog, pollution, and doggy do do
    Stinking up our streets
    Man I wish I had this treat

    The Andrea Air Purifier is amazing
    Maybe if I could breathe I wouldn’t be so lazy
    But with Andrea, shoot, I wouldn’t mind
    Lounging at home from dusk to sunrise

    Yo check it…
    Allergies, mold, dust in my nose – got nothing on me,
    Andrea will defeat you most steadily
    40 times more efficient than a HEPA
    Forget you houseplant, I got something better

    So If you want clean air here’s a solution
    Be a forest recluse and abandon the city’s institutions
    But if you decide to stay I’ll say, Fight the pollution!!
    With the Andrea Houseplant Air Purifier,now that’s a resolution
    Come on homies and join evolution

  87. LBK April 7, 2010 at 11:47 am

    2 babies with stuffy noses, 1 small Brooklyn apt, 2 working parents, 0 cleaning ladies, 2 dead housepants, 1 crappy and seldom used vacuum cleaner…I need this ANDREA Air Filter!

  88. ChristianAce April 7, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I do not, by any means NEED an ANDREA but I would surely love love love one for the house I am currently buying, it is a 1960′s very simple, very interesting red brick house that is small and will fulfill all of our needs. We have VERY little because we are college students and most of our time and money will actually go towards turning the back yard into a garden and the ANDREA would compliment the plant life outside and bring it inside! Nature is important to my, and all, human life and it is truly a beautiful beautiful concept.

    I could not find but I think it runs on 120v power? I would love to get a solar setup to run some small appliances like this to begin with and then move to bigger and bigger solar installations. I think I will eventually buy one but would love to showcase this to our School of Sustainability, Friends, Family and Neighbors. WHOOP! ANDREA AIR PURIFICATION!

    I would be honored if I were selected and I know every single person on here would be. Since we are all following this website for the same reason :D

  89. hoyun April 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

    My room is seemingly the dust magnet of the house and now that spring is coming nature won’t help out with allergens.

  90. Airdancer April 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Talk about a PROACTIVE air cleaner !!! It definitely beats the passive plant placement most offices (and homes) utilize now. A natural way to purify the air !!! Plus – the energy savings from the high cost of producing HEPA filters is another added cost saving bonus of the ANDREA !!! Awesome !!!

  91. 3nz0 April 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I NEED this because I just got moved to a tiny office in the middle of my building. The closest window is almost a hundred feet away in any direction and the walls are painted dark purple. We call it the cave, and I won’t even get started on the strange brown water damage that has stained the ceiling tiles. Please help. :)

  92. Cfen April 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

    6 kids, 1 dog, 10 cats, a cockatiel and a few dozen farm animals means dusty dandy air at my house. This purifier could change our lives!!!

  93. BrandinaVines April 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I think I should win this air filter because I have a child in the home who deserves to breath the cleanest air possible. Our home is quite old and since I was laid off from my job, I am not currently able to purchase an air filter that will help with the dust and other issues that we deal with every day.

  94. essjayok April 7, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I am about to celebrate my one-year anniversary with the tiny, blue Victorian bungalow I purchased 3 months after my 25th birthday. Plus, my house is going to be celebrating it’s 101st birthday on my one-year anniversary of living in it. So why do I need this ANDREA Houseplant Air Purifier? Because my 101-year-old house has lived a long life and needs a little purifying, and because on my 1-year anniversary with this ancient beauty I want to take a deep, clean breathe of air and celebrate how I’ve finally put down roots in the city I love.

  95. Kimberly Ryzner April 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

    We need this purifier because my husband has extremely bad allergies, and has a tough time breathing on the best of days! I really believe a GOOD air purifier would help him out (and I love the idea of using the power of plants! The greener the better!)!

  96. vicpopsicle8 April 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I would love to win this Andrea houseplant air purifier, because I live above a restaurant that’s air conditioners and fans are right outside my windows. All of their dirty air is pumped at my home! Even with the windows closed, it comes through the cracks. This air purifier would help me, I am sure.

  97. pancratios April 7, 2010 at 11:23 am

    absolutely fantastic! Love it on the first sight

  98. kelleychapman April 7, 2010 at 11:22 am

    my sweet angel has had 6 sets of tubes and he is only 6! we have been looking for a quality air purifier because he has yet, another ear infection. we live in an old house and are looking to purchase one for it. thanks:)

  99. HempForPresident April 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I NEED a plant filter because I work in the South Side of Pittsburgh, and big tractor trailers are constantly driving by my work and blowing their exhaust directly into our only window. We have two choices: no window, or no air.

  100. meowsk April 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I NEED this because in the winter Salt Lake has some of the worst air quality ever.

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