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Your Laundry Can Help Solve Air Pollution Problems

By October 9, 2012

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Soon, the clothes you wear can help control air pollution by purging the air around you of harmful nitrogen dioxide, thanks to a new laundry additive added to the rinse cycle. According to TG Daily, researchers at University of Sheffield and the London College of Fashion have developed CatClo, a laundry product that contains microscopic particles of titanium dioxide that, in daylight, oxidize nitrogen oxides into the fabric. When wearing the clothes laundered with CatClo, a person would remove around 5g of nitrogen oxides from the air each day - roughly equivalent to the amount produced each day by a car.

The absorbed nitrogen oxides are completely odorless and colorless - and safe, says the researchers, and they are removed harmlessly during the next clothes washing. What a great way to breathe better air!

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