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Urban expansion negatively impacts the natural environment, prompting for exploration of new ways to tackle the persisting air pollution. For textile designers, Tillandsia, known as airplant, might present a novelty way. By grafting airplants onto fabric, a flexible, eco-friendly and sustainable mechanism with air-filtering ability is proposed. This method transforms the traditional concept of fabrics, combining them with living organisms, without adverse health effects. “Purifabric” offers a brand-new growth area for plants and adds a new function to clothing: not only as protection from elements or a fashion choice but also as air purifier.
Donghua University & Cornell University