IIT-Delhi incubated start-up aims to keep bad air out of homes

Nasofilter co-founders Prateek Sharma and Tushar Vyas showcase Pollution Net at IIT-Delhi on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

On the occasion of World Pollution Prevention Day, which is observed on December 2, a start-up incubated by Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi — Nasofilter — launched a product that promises to protect homes and offices from particulate matter (PM).

Called Pollution Net, the product aims to replace the traditional mosquito net that people instal on windows. Pollution Net promises protection not just against mosquitoes but also outdoor pollution.

The same nanotechnology that the former students and professors of IIT-Delhi used to come up with the Nasofilter, which is worn on the nostrils, has been used in this product, which promises to keep PM 2.5 and PM 10 out of building.

Well-ventilated house

Prateek Sharma, the co-founder of the start-up, said, “With the help of Pollution Net, people will be able to live in a well-ventilated house as they will be able to keep windows and doors open while keeping outside air out.”

He said Pollution Net can be fitted to door and windows with the help of Velcro and can be cleaned easily. The material used is water-resistant as well.

Co-founder Tushar Vyas claimed the product will help people with pollen as well as dust allergies.

Innovative barriers

Speaking about the need for more innovative barriers to protect people from Delhi’s disastrous air quality, pulmonologist Shivanshu Goyal said there is an increase in cases of cancers among people in their 20s and 30s due to increased exposure to bad air. Such cases, he said, were earlier seen in much older people with prolonged exposure to pollution.

“In Delhi today, everybody who breathes this air is a smoker and at risk. In fact, we have started using the term infant smoker as they are immediately exposed to bad air,” he said.

Calling it a national emergency, Dr. Goyal said everybody needs to start protecting themselves from the pollution by using barrier devices as it is impractical for everybody to relocate to a place with cleaner air.

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