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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. radiazo April 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Good afternoon from Colombia. Being in a hydroelectric development project in the Amazon, which directly influences the lives and welfare of the indigenous population, believe that the presence of clean technology as this would show the benefits of sustainable development both project members and communities the area of influence

  2. jenleef April 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Air purifier
    Powered by a clean, green plant.
    What could be better?

  3. pam olin April 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    i think a andrea air cleaner would really improve my multible chemical, seasonal,and air pollutant allergies that i have. i have fibromyalgia, with chronic fatigue which has left me on permanet disability. mold is one the biggest irritants to these two health problems, and since mold removal from the air is one of the helping features of this air cleaner, i feel that i would get great improvvemnet from using andrea air cleaner. i also have two small dogs who are so much company to me since being ill and can’t get outside much anymore, but their dog order is not good for me either, so i know this air cleaner would help in this area also. thank you, pam

  4. brokensunshine April 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this purifier since it’s inception; I even had a dream about it once. My boyfriend is an oil painter of many years, and already has multiple health issues due to sucking down paint & turps fumes year after year. He’s now doing his MFA in painting at BU, & with all of the money the school has, they won’t foot the bill for proper ventilation; alas, my poor boyfriend suffers. This little gem would change his life. Let him paint worry free!

  5. rgarzamarcos April 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    i have two miniature dachshunds, that haven’t taken a shower since 2006, I really need some clean air

  6. mallard April 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    We share our raaaather small house with four rescue animals (2 bunnies, 1 hooded rat, and 1 pigeon). The dust, dander, hair, feathers, and, um, funk, are ubiquitous. I like the idea of using plants to purify the air, since it’s closer to what the critters would encounter in their natural setting.

  7. fotomatique April 13, 2010 at 2:38 am

    I don\\\\\\\’t have any plants.

  8. t887 April 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    As a recent design school graduate and lover of all things sustainable and waste-free, I would be so appreciative of this amazing work of functional art! But I really need this because my fiance has serious asthma attacks when in our new apartment, and I’m kind of afraid of what’s in the air here since there’s a huge oil refinery right nearby. Please pick me, I would love the ANDREA more than any one else could possibly!

  9. johnnyy75 April 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    What if we take this product and magnify it into a clean air producing factory (with trees) feeding straight into our closed environments.
    How much good can this one gadget do? I don’t know.
    I’d rather use it for show-and-tell at both Rice University and the University of Houston architecture departments. Exposing students’ minds to such ideas will undoubtedly affect our future.

  10. johnnyy75 April 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    House, car, office, store, gym, etc… all controlled environments. How much can a little plant do?
    I don’t think i’d use in my own house, I’d rather use it as show-and-tell to architecture students at both Rice University and the University of Houston. Exposing young minds to such ideas is a sure way to affect the future.

  11. juju2cat April 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I have mild cat allergies but wouldn’t dream of ever giving up my two beautiful rescue cats. Having an Andrea in my home would help alleviate some of the problems and make me breathe better!

  12. samdaleo April 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    This would be a Godsend for my family. We have 2 dogs and a cat yet both my husband and daughter suffer from allergies. We always kind of giggle in the morning because of what I call the choir of sneezes that take over when they wake. Though we laugh, I know that it is frustrating for them and this just might help give them the pleasant mornings that they long for. We’ll be sure to find new things to giggle about, we always do:)

  13. migzfranx April 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    *in ashton kutcher voice
    this site is awesome!

  14. Brianne April 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    This looks like a great product, and so much more attractive than the “typical” air purifiers.

    Why do I need one? At the moment I have an air purifier on my nightstand blowing on my face every night to hold my asthma at bay. If this works half as well as it says I might be able to turn over while laying in bed without risking an asthma attack. It would be so helpful in reducing the constant breathing problems.

  15. Chyu April 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I cook a lot of smelly food.

  16. nic April 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Yeah! What a great give away. I’ve been eyeing this air purifier since you posted it back in November.

    Why would I like one? Well, other than it’s sweet ingenuity, I have a history of respiratory issues. Nothing too serious but enough to be bothersome. I currently live in an older Chicago apartment with no vents and little air filtration, so an air purifier would be a great help!

  17. batakdepores April 12, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Ever since 9/11, I’ve developed breathing problem. Apparently, you don’t have to be a rescuer to be affected, as the fire was not completely put out until weeks later. Nearly nine years later, as I have my routine check up with my doctor, he told me that by living in New York (city) alone is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarette a day. This, he said, was not caused by New York autos, but by the industries of other states. When I asked him where I should move my family, he couldn’t recommend anything, as every place has its negative. So here we are stuck with one cigarette a day, while I thought I had eliminated that aspect by not having any friends who smokes or not being around the two pack a day my dad smokes for years of my life.

    Can ANDREA be the fresh air in my life (and family), the one without me being on top of the Himalayas?

  18. muahg April 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I’m a new user here and I stumbled on this website through the Shanghai article that was featured. Other than being a student in Pittsburgh and having lived the other rest of my life in LA and Shanghai, it would be nice to have an Andrea Air Purifier when I feel like I’m living in the most polluted cities in the US and constantly flying into the extremely polluted cities in Asia. But other than that I’m signed up and ready get some interesting updates!

  19. cafe929 April 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I never win anything. This would be my first prize of my life ever. What could be better than a plant powered air purifier?!

  20. bdjunk April 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Simple solution, smart design, bravo.

  21. wh365 April 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I live by a landfill and, needless to say, the air quality is not good. On colder days the smell isn’t bad, but on warm days the stench lingers in the air. Sometimes I do have shortness of breath while just lounging around, and I’m hoping that the air purifier will help with this issue as well as purify the landfill toxins.

  22. greymase April 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I have been athletic my entire life, but after 911, I became sensitized to poor air quality (we lived near ground zero, and I had to commute through it daily). I have since moved to an apartment RIGHT next to the highway, at the same level as the highway. I have developed asthma and have trouble breathing when exercising at home. I am no hypochondriac, but need something to help clean the air that is green, and quiet – my electrostatic air cleaner crackles like a bug killer! Andrea sounds like it fit the bill of health!

  23. paeckchen April 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I broke up recently and I need to clear my head and space from bad emotional smells.

  24. kerryo April 12, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Our bulldog Maisey is allergic to everything. Seriously. Her wrinkly skin will be so happy not to have hives. We are in a 3rd floor condo next to a never-ending construction project in uptown Washington, DC, and our three windows–that overlook a brick wall–bring zero air circulation!

    Even our tabby cat Maude sneezes during pollen season! Don\\\’t make us waste energy on the air conditioner just to keep air clean and moving.

  25. Carina April 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I need an Andrea Air Purifier because I am a design student who lives 24/7 in a studio cramped full of stale air, asbestos particles and printer-toxins….. but I love life and would appreciate a good design object anyday!!

  26. gday April 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

    The thought of using a natural way to filter interior air for someone living in Canada where for MANY months “fresh air” is only available as a severely chilled commodity, is MOST appealing! It would be very interesting to see if it alleviates “cabin fever”. I am also fascinated by the practical creativity that designers bring to our world! Well done.

  27. enlilenki April 12, 2010 at 9:38 am

    My 2-1/2 year old son would love to see this in action. He loves gardening with my wife and is very mechanical oriented. This would be a perfect addition to his bedroom and a great way for him to understand the importance of plants and clean air. And he has a shirt that says “Be Cute Don’t Pollute”!

  28. JROCK11 April 12, 2010 at 9:36 am

    NICE I WOULD OVE TO WIN

  29. chazmatz April 12, 2010 at 9:08 am

    WE live in a condo next to a heavy chain smoker who works from home. HEr smoke comes through the walls and into our bedroom. We wake up with headaches and nausea when she smokes all night long. We have a filter, but are looking for one that works better. This plant filter sounds great.

  30. sigveA April 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

    this product takes me twenty years back,
    from when I first heard about it,
    but I never got around to actually build one

    to the lucky winner;
    this device is not to be placed in the bedroom,
    \’cause in the night plants produce more CO2 than oxygen
    -> http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/gen01/gen01854.htm

    S i g v e <3

  31. EgoMartini April 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I live eight miles down wind of a coal fired electricity plant and I have asthma – I can feel the pollution sitting heavy in my lungs on a hot summer day when everyone has their air-conditioners cranked. A study has shown that 7 people a year die from respiratory complications caused by the coal burning pollution in the province of Ontario. The government is trying to replace coal fired plants with solar and wind electricity generation which would give us cleaner air, a much reduced carbon output and jobs – our electricity bills will go up slightly but it is well worth it. There has been much opposition to these efforts – you can see many lawns with “Stop the Wind Turbines” signs – I suspect this is the result of coal interests astroturfing efforts which prompts people to think of wind and solar as “untested” and technology that is possibly hazardous to peoples health. This sounds very ridiculous when you compare these imaginary risks to the very real health risks of coal fired electricity generation.
    Some day I wish to build a small straw-bale home with a small ecological footprint and at least a near zero carbon footprint.
    http://putterordiemyblog.wordpress.com/
    Having a number of Andrea air purifiers in this home to help protect the health of my family would be a no-brainer.

  32. johnpw April 12, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Wonderful. I like this very much.

  33. orangeboobs April 12, 2010 at 5:05 am

    I want a pet. However, my apartment doesn’t allow pets.
    Also, I consider filtering air a pretty neat trick c:

  34. Katy Harding April 12, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I am a 24 year old art student attending VCU in Richmond Virginia. I ride a bike and use a public transit system, I recycle, I try to find creative ways to re-use (in art and life), I conserve my water and electricity.

    HOWEVER: art school tends to keep me in spaces that are full of saw-dust, toxic vaporous, fiber-glass, oil paints, spray adhesives, and so on…. Around the city and even at our closet outdoor escapes there is car smog, air pollutants, acid rain and pollen (which is natural but still aggravating)… and my home is an old building from the early 1900′s that seems to manufacture it’s own dust so quickly we can never get it totally clean, and also at home is some of the art school irritants again…

    WHICH LEADS ME TO MY REASONS (if not obvious) OF WHY I SHOULD GET TO RECEIVE THE PURIFIER: -not in order of importance…
    1. its design gorgeous
    2. I love doing my part for the environment
    3. I’m a young 20-something in a schedule surrounded by tainted air, and having that purifier could create a small window of time where tasty air could have a place in my life once more.
    4. Who knows, maybe it could even put me in the position to dream of sweet pastures and inspire new art…

    5.PLEASE?

  35. Ziwa April 12, 2010 at 3:14 am

    In winter, when the air in the room is very dry I use a bowl of water to create a damp climate and as the heating season is over,I would like to help my flowers to produce better air with the ANDREA houseplant filter to clean the domestic dust, blossom dust from trees growing outside that get into the room and other unhealthy objects flying around the room.

  36. smepsi April 12, 2010 at 12:12 am

    beautiful! I could use one of these in my pollen-filled bedroom that keeps me sneezing all night!

  37. vikram April 12, 2010 at 12:04 am

    clean air with a plant in there!
    soo cool a dust free jewel,
    in a hot dusty town,
    a God sent boon!

    Would love having one of these…
    Vikram,
    India

  38. nflenna April 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I would love to smell freshness everyday

  39. iheartplants April 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I need one…i really NEED one! It would make me soooo happy and I promise I will treat it like a true friend.

  40. Ravenus April 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I would love to have this air filter, primarily because I have the worst allergies in the world, and live in Fresno, CA, of all places. I’m also a guy and my place would greatly benefit from something as nice looking as this filter, since I have no taste when it comes to home design. :) And, it’s an awesome way to help me not to have to keep getting allergy shots every week for the rest of my life. Thanks!

  41. mari_hoops April 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I live at the Farm in San Francisco. It was once a dairy, but now is an artist community complete with a garden. The downside is that it is located right under a major freeway exchange where traffic backs up daily. The Andrea Air Purifier will help ease the worry I have about all the invisible fumes I am breathing from the cars.

  42. GreenOnGreen April 11, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I am a city dweller in Philadelphia and in this season of \”the worst allergies in years\” I need an Andrea Air Purifier to help with my dust and pollen allergies. Also, my girlfriend of 3 years is moving here from Arizona in the coming months and when she moves in we are gonna work to make our home as allergen-free as possible as she has complications from asthma and numerous environmental allergens.

  43. edki April 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I would love to combat the negative effects our dusty, smelly (but oh-so-lovable) dogs with a beautiful, organically based technology rather than the traditional unsightly mechanical noisemaker.

  44. TylerB April 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Ever since I stumbled across the Inhabitat post concerning the creation/idea of the Andrea Air Filter, I have been encouraged (and obsessed with the Andrea) knowing that there is at least one alternative approach to a common household appliance that utilizes the brilliance and abundance of nature. The beauty of the Andrea is that it augments nature’s design and amplifies plants’ natural abilities to purify air. Simply put, it is a genius and laudable step in the green movement. There is so much need for increased sustainability in this world and products like the Andrea promise a potential consumer based revolution promoting sustainability and a heightened awareness of the issues facing our world. As a lifelong allergy suffer, the Andrea offers me encouragement concerning indoor air quality. I have almost always woken up unable to breath every morning; living in an urban environment and an old apartment building the air quality is less than desirable. I’m excessively allergic to dust and pollen, and have always struggled with nosebleeds. The Andrea will also allow me to pursue something I’ve needed without sacrificing my convictions concerning consumerism and unethically made or minded products. Isn’t there something beautiful about innovation and ingenuity, especially when it’s ethical and conscientious?

  45. bellechose April 11, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I’d love one for my parents because we’ve just finished building our home and it still has that “new” house smell. In addition, there’s construction dust that still circulates through the house. This air filter would help clear that up.

  46. hlspring April 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    my husband has asthma and allergies. I think the andrea air purifier would be a great gift to give to him for his birthday coming up in a couple months. Not exactly romantic, but VERY useful! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  47. j868jenn April 11, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    We have a dog and need to have fresh air in our apartment but fresh air that doesn’t use chemicals to be achieved.

  48. bklynchick April 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I have asthma and my man farts a lot.

  49. sjohast April 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I am very critical to this product from an environmental point of view in that it uses a variety of resources and electricity to make it run. For the same price you could get 10 great office plants that would produce much more oxygen and also filter required toxins form the environment. It would require no electricity or plastic housings leaving the plants to portray their own beauty. Please don’t make me win – I have got plenty natural air purifiers n my office. Thanks.

  50. LHat April 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    We live right next to the highway. As in reach-out-and-touch-it close. The noise is a bummer, but I hate to think of the ick that\’s getting into our two year old daughter\’s lungs. I love the idea of incorporating plants into this technology. It\’s a good reminder of how well designed nature itself really is!

  51. lisa britzman April 11, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    i live in australia and work for the department of public works in Brisbane as an ESD consultant. I am constaintly fighting to get plants into our green fitout. this would be a shinning example of how good plants could be for the occupants. I am very interested in IEQ and this could a brilliant way to help achieve it. I also sit in an area where i get no day light, no external view and have to have a big fan on my desk to get fresh air. so I myself am in desperate need of the ANDREA. I am on the falculty for the green building council teaching the interiors course, so it would be intesting to road test the ANDREA for my future classes. thanks for your considerations.

  52. jpobando April 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Such innovative piece of eco-friendly design is well worthy of a substantial word of mouth advertising. If you let me be the winner of this eco-advantagable device, I will disseminate widely what I forsee to be the absolute satisfaction of my personal use of it through a huge network of Sustainable Enterprise MBA students at Dominican University – a program a currently attend- and Presidio Graduate School of Business, and through a 10,000 plus members networking association of professionals, i.e. Net Impact to which I belong.

  53. graemeb3 April 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I could definitely use an Andrea Air Purifier on my desk at work because I am a guy who works in an office with primarily guys, so there are some guy smells present at work… It would also be perfect timing because I have pollen allergies that flare up in the spring!

    Thanks!

  54. ingrid88 April 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I am an engineering design student and very interested in biology. I believe that in saving the world we have to take advantage of our surroundings and at the same time have respect for them. This device is brilliant for students with little space and often on the move. With a child the air around us is very important. This product strengthens my vision and shows us that it is possible!

  55. tedster209 April 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I would use the air purifier to take over the world

  56. dh8841 April 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I live in an area where the quality of air is horrible. I reside directly across from a GM factory and next to two major highways. As if that isn’t enough, my apartments air conditioning system gives off this wierd smell. Add that to the roomates dog and my allergies and you have a somewhat uncomfortable living environment. That and i’d like to be able to give my very industrialized friends an example of how green technology can prove to be an efficeint and cost effective alternative to other products.

  57. nansmithimages April 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I foster kittens for the Humane Society and could use some nice, fresh, clean air. Right now I’m fostering SIX little ones. Cute!ANDREA sounds wonderful.

  58. leftyinca April 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I sit in a windowless, air-conditioned space all day at work and it would be great to use something like this at work so I can filter whatever may be hitting me from the A/C. IT would be a lot more refreshing to smell plants all day rather than stale air from a mechanical vent.

  59. ceesay April 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    My husband, 17-month old daughter, 7-year old cat and I live in a one-bedroom behind the 10 freeway in Los Angeles. We do not have central air. We are lovers of plants and flowers, but unfortunately, can not have any indoors due to our cat\’s insistence of eating all plant life. Having one of these will provide us with cleaner air quality while still being able to have a plant inside.

  60. rennekamp3 April 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    My name is Laura Rennekamp, I am a landscape architecture major who currently lives in temporary on campus housing that should have been torn down 30 years ago. The house is partially underground and has very poor ventilation and filtration. I am usually a very healthy person and don’t get sick often however, this year I seemed to have caught every illness that went around including Swine Flu. I believe that my housing situation and the poor air quality played a major role in my poor health. Please save me and my 4 other roomates from another year of sickness and poor air.

  61. CHMMX April 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Living with allergies is tough, as a kid I would get very nasty nosebleeds (caused by nasal irratation from sneezing so much) at least a couple of times a week, I still do sometimes, and it’s even tougher when you live in an area like I do… dry, dusty, windy west texas. Whenever anyone, anywhere in town (ok, whenever anyone south of me) mows their lawn I’ll be sneezing my head of for the rest of the day, And since summer’s coming up (lot’s of people mowing + it’s going to be hot so the windows will be open) I’m going to be sneezing a lot, and I think this air filter will really help me.

  62. eclec7 April 11, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I would love to have an Andrea air-purifier. This new technology is amazing and would help my husband and I with our severe allergies. Thanks so much!!

  63. debby14 April 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I need this all seasons of the year. In winter, we heat with wood and this past winter was long and unrelenting, so I got very little fresh air. In spring and fall, I suffer from pollen allergies and in the summer it’s often mold.

  64. sesameseed April 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Living in a dorm room is pretty much like living in a huge petri dish. Literally nothing is clean, and I use more purell than I ever even thought possible. Personally I hate getting sick more than anything in the world, and during this past winter i think i have been ill almost every single day. My roommate closes the window every time i walk out of the room, giving our room this stagnate stench every time i return. please give me this air purifier, it might literally save my life.

  65. taiqynchina April 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I love that this air filter incorporates live plants and I a huge fan of gardening and growing plants. Right now I’m dying of allergies and this will be the absolute perfect little air filter to bring me some relief! I’d desire this innovative little air filter even if I didn’t have allergies because I love the concept of merging modern tech w/the natural world. Here this gadget highlights the role plants play in filtering the air and cleaning to earth. All-around love it!

  66. tinydancer April 11, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Hello and thankyou for this godsend of an oppurtunity! My appartment has 14 windows, only one of which opens…looking over the trash pile. I have 2 lovely cats who shed profusely,the dust in my apartment is overbearing ( I can only assume this is a result from the lack of ventiliation ). I am HIGHLY allergic to the aforementioned dust as well as pollen and spores, the latter of which are overtaking my bathroom! Help! Thankyou so very much for your time :)

  67. wblaney April 11, 2010 at 11:39 am

    One of my best friends (a biologist) is having her second child this summer. I’d like to give this to her 4 yr old daughter as a birth gift, which would hopefully help with her asthma problems. It seems like a perfect fit, and I know she’d appreciate something so neat for HER when her baby sister will be getting so much stuff.

  68. tinydancer April 11, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I would dearly love to have the ANDREA air purifier in my apartment and this is why I desperately need one: None of the 12 beautiful windows in my main rooms open. In fact, the only window that opens is in my bedroom and that particular window opens right over where we put our trashcans and recycling. I have 2 cats and am also highly allergic to dust and pollen. I feel the ANDREA would help with so many of my allergy symptoms AND my quality of living! Thankyou for this awesome oppurtunity!

  69. sarah.rogers211 April 11, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I would like to win the Andrea to give to my fiance who is currently living with his family in Madrid, Spain. He lives in an apartment complex that does not have air-conditioning. Both his mother and his father have a deviated septum, which makes it very difficult to breathe through the nose. His sister also has a bad condition of asthma. I think if I were to win the Andrea it would help his family tremendously. Since 2001 in Madrid, air pollution has exceeded the legal limit, which is a serious situation that has negatively affected people’s health. Madrid is also claimed as Europe’s most polluted city. The estimated 19.4% unemployment rate in Spain also limits my fiance’s family from purchasing an air purifier like the Andrea. I think if anyone needs the Andrea, it would be my fiance’s family. I believe that they are in dire need of something as wonderful as this innovation in clean air technology.

  70. maddoxrs April 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I live in an older (built in the 1920s) apartment in Nashville, TN, and the building is located 10 feet away from West End Ave(the most busy road in Nashville, leading to downtown) and I-440 (the interstate that circles the city, everyone travels). Because of the design restrictions and heavy costs, my 1920s windows can’t be changed: I can’t do anything else to change the 1-2″ cracks where air flows in. The cracks are large enough that when an ambulance drives by, it is like it is in the room with me! Living next to the road with these cracks leads to some major air pollution getting into my apartment. Getting this air filter would mean a lot to me, and my lungs would greatly appreciate it!

  71. sarah.rogers211 April 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I would like to win the Andrea to give to my fiance who is currently living with his family in Madrid, Spain. He lives in an apartment complex that does not have air conditioning. Both his mother and his father have a deviated septum, which makes it very difficult to breathe through the nose. His sister also has a bad condition of asthma. I think if I were to win the Andrea it would help his family tremendously. Since 2001 in Madrid, air pollution has exceeded the legal limit, which is a serious situation that has negatively affected people’s health. Madrid is also claimed as Europe’s most polluted city. The estimated 19.4% unemployment rate in Spain also limits my fiance’s family from purchasing an air purifier like the Andrea. I think if anyone needs the Andrea, it would be my fiance’s family. As well, Madrid frequently reaches temperatures above 100 degrees in summer which is unbearable in apartments that do not have air conditioning. The air is stuffy and the extreme weather conditions are incomparable to the temperatures we have in the U.S. I believe that my fiance’s family is in dire need of something as wonderful as this innovation in clean air technology and would no longer make breathing “a chore” for them.

  72. meirad April 11, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I just moved into my new home. The air quality is terrible and i have asthma. So i have to buy a lot of plants to filter the space. I want to put unique types of planters in my house though. This one would look beautiful next to some suspended lemon, mandarin orange or cherry trees. :-D

  73. jcrply April 11, 2010 at 11:12 am

    We are currently doing some extensive remodeling of our old (built in 1965) house. Since we are doing part of the work ourselves, it is taking a LONG time. With the long, hot, rainy summer coming on, it will become increasingly difficult to air out the house. We could really benefit from an Andrea Air Purifier. I feel like I need one in every room.

  74. ElleX April 11, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I NEED, need, N.E.E.D an Andrea because the air quality here is awful. I live about 7 miles from the airport, 2 miles from the interstates (yes, two interstates). I have an old house and old systems. I am congested, sneezing, and pollenated (is that a word?) since the trees have released their yellow dust. Lest, I mention that during the summer, we have many Code Red days (air quality is terrible)so I stay indoors. Help me! I need Andrea! I really do!

  75. mooseman99 April 11, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Hi Inhabitat,
    Been reading your blog for a while and I love ideas like this. At the moment I am living in a dorm room at school and we definitely need one of these. People always say our room smells funky even with our windows open and everyone at school keeps getting sick so if this can actually kill airborne pathogens that would be lifesaving. I would be incredibly gracious if you picked me.

  76. hbehrmann April 11, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I live in a house filled with smokers; some clean air would be greatly appreciated.

    -Cough Cough, second hand smoke blows.

  77. samsstuff April 11, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I love this idea! I love the beauty of plants, I am fascinated with the design of the gadget & the ventilation in our old (1940\’s era) home is not the best. I would love to have the Andrea for all of these reasons, plus I just plain think it looks great!

  78. fangorn81 April 11, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I need an Andrea because our 6th floor apartment has a constant “old building” smell in the air, we leave the windows open and run fans all the time but it never seems to go away. We all wake up congested all the time. Our air needs assistance!

  79. robbiercraig April 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

    To earn a living I work in a large non air conditioned office in central that I share with over 100 people and commute on crowded trains. Whilst I applaud my employers decision not to install a wasteful air con system; London’s air quality in Summer can be very poor as heat (dumped by other office air cons systems) ozone and other particulate pollutants from traffic, build up at ground level on humid windless days – obviating natural ventilation systems. This system would ensure that the air in the vicinity of which ever desk I occupy is fresher.

  80. brownbagomics April 11, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I need this to reduce my allergy reactions at this time of year! After reading about the Andrea on Inhabit, it seems that the best choice for breathing right in this world is to work in harmony with plants and the earth!

  81. lastingpiece April 11, 2010 at 8:39 am

    We are looking for an air purifier. This one looks interesting.

  82. mircea masserini April 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I’d like ANDREA because I’ll be the first owner in Italy, famous country for great design.
    It will be a way to get into this market.

  83. noguro April 11, 2010 at 7:18 am

    because i have a 20 year old cat who no longer grooms himself so he gets a little dusty.

  84. Matthew Cua April 11, 2010 at 6:24 am

    This would really help me keep healthy in the Philippines, one of the most polluted cities in Asia.

    Plus if I get to have this I would be placing it in our young Innovation Center in Ateneo De Manila University (www.ateneoinnovation.org) so that my fellow student innovators could have fresh air while working on LED lamp designs, clean water solutions and many many more projects

    http://www.ateneoinnovation.org

  85. susanne iles April 11, 2010 at 6:20 am

    The air purifier is beautiful and something we desperately need in our home. We live in an old farmhouse with equally old venting so the air quality in winter can be quite poor. My daughter suffers from bronchitis and we do everything we can to keep her environment healthy. The Andrea would be a beautiful addition to her bedroom. She considers herself a “Nature Girl” and would love both the plant and the fact that it is helping improve her health. Thank you for making such a generous give away!

  86. klffnj April 11, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I would set it in my lab,which is closed at all.

  87. johnnywanker April 11, 2010 at 5:13 am

    After a long, cold winter in France without being able to open the windows, I am afraid that the air of my apartment is not very pure. Maybe ANDREA can help me fix this by attending the spring in his work of purifying the space and spirit ?

  88. averagejoe27 April 11, 2010 at 5:07 am

    I am a gadget geek with a green thumb and this device would please both of these urges! Also, the former tenant where I live smoked indoors and on very hot days or rainy days, we can still smell the odor of ashtray/cigarettes. This purifier would really help and I can promise the plant will be properly taken care of!

  89. shipmen April 11, 2010 at 4:39 am

    I need this air filter for my students.They study engineering architecture and its good to see how eco systems works realy.

  90. perelandra April 11, 2010 at 4:09 am

    This is a beautiful and brilliant design for improving indoor air quality, a problem many people are facing nowadays, especially in big cities. My family lives in the 3rd-worst polluted area of the USA, and even though a combination of herbs and acupressure finally got us over acquired Asthma, my daughter still has allergies. A friend who works in a greenhouse plant nursery tells me she and her coworkers never get sick. It’s the ‘green air’, she says. I’ve tried to grow houseplants but my house has small windows, so they don’t get enough sunshine, and die. I’d like to see the effects this product has on healing and protecting the lungs.

  91. abexalmighty April 11, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Riverside is one of the cities with the dirtiest air in the entire United States. Ironically, that is the city where I go to school to study Environmental Toxicology. With this air filer, not only can I create a cleaner environment to study in, but also I will be able to experience first hand what this technology can do for our environment.

  92. Juliet Conlon April 11, 2010 at 3:24 am

    This air filter is perfect for our needs! It turns out that our darling new baby Morgan has allergies to our beloved two cats Henry and Jasmine. Our doctor recommended that we get an air filter for every room in the house. Wow is that an expensive recommendation! So if one our air filters could come from you at no cost that would be such a relief. But in addition to that I must confess that I am a complete plant nut. The idea of having a filter that makes use of one my plants is just so appealing. I love love love the idea of bringing nature indoors. It is so much more satisfying to think about a beautiful plant doing the air purifying rather than some piece of plastic and cardboard saturated with a bunch of chemicals. And I just have to rave about the visual design of the Andrea Air Filter. It\’s just so sleek and gorgeous. It looks like a work of art. I sure hope you will consider helping us out by awarding us this wonderful air filter. Thanks!

  93. subsurface87 April 11, 2010 at 2:44 am

    While I can’t say I need this particular unit, as there are many other people on this earth without access to even fresh water, I live in a house with mold on the walls and cannot afford a dehumidifier or the extra electric bill, even if it would help. There are multiple plants around, but there is no exhaust in the bathroom, and the cracks in the corners/foundation + drafts contribute to a battle I’ve decided the two of us cannot win.

  94. panandr April 11, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Clean air. Healthy air!

  95. tinyironfists April 11, 2010 at 2:21 am

    We live in Los Angeles, home of car culture and SMOG and would be honored to add ANDREA to our family of five (2 adults, a baby, and 2 kitties)! Another living roommate versus another robot is most welcomed here! Please and thanks!

  96. JanetEllen April 11, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Fans and humidifiers don`t seem to be keeping the air fresh in my home dental laboratory. It would be a very pleasant experience to have fresh air where I spend some sixty hours a week. Thank you for this opportunity.

  97. aduno April 11, 2010 at 1:37 am

    I live with and take care of my grandmother. She turned 86 two weeks ago and has emphysema. Obviously air quality is of utmost importance and I would love to be able to get this filter for her.

  98. ketul.two@gmail.com April 11, 2010 at 1:02 am

    ANDREA is a sculpture with a refreshing look. An art-piece with a live, growing element. Effects of this extra ordinary design is not limited just to the atmosphere of a space, it reaches to your every breath.

  99. tuckers April 11, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I could use the Andrea to help with my dry air allergy and dust allergies! This would really be a benefit!

  100. abe shaul April 11, 2010 at 12:55 am

    MY name is Abraham Shaul Faham. I believe that it is hard to prove that technology is not only destructive to my friends, I tell them of its potential, but they always ask, \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”where is this potential you speak of?\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” I have to admit I king of doubt technology as well, and so I too need a bit of proof…

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