Aerochromics Shirts Reveal Air Pollution


Imagine if you strolled down your neighbourhood and you could tell instantly how polluted that area was because your shirt was changing colour! Artist, Nikolas Bentel has made that possible with a his Aerochromics Clothing - a mix of art, science, technology and fashion. 

The Aerochromics collection is made of a fabric with reactive dye that changes its colour from black to white, into a series of patterns, as it comes in contact with polluted air. The more the pollution, the more distinct the white pattern. The patterns start to show at 60 AQI (Air Quality Index). This is the international limit for good quality air - anything above 60 AQI is polluted. 


The pattern is completely revealed at 160 AQI! To give some context, cities such as New York have an average AQI of about 50; while some of the most polluted cities such as Beijing and New Delhi have average AQIs of about 160 and 175 respectively. 

Although the price of a shirt is not for the fainthearted, this research and concept go a long way to creating awareness of the pollution dangers we unknowingly face everyday, while collecting data to enable people make decisions about where they go and whether they need to protect themselves. 

Each shirt is capable of reading specific types of pollution - radioactive, carbon monoxide (particularly silent and deadly when it builds up) and particulate.

Read more about the collection here.