Susty talk: Diamonds made from smog

I’m a regular voice on Tom Idle’s awesome Better Business Show. Each week, we discuss the goings on in sustainable business.


I’m sure many of you gals love a bit of sparkley bling: but what if that beautiful jewellery was made from something much uglier, say… China’s air pollution?

Apparently it made Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde a little sad as he gazed out his Beijing hotel window. So he decided to do something about it.

It does beg the question, just how do you turn dirty air into beautiful jewels?

Apparently you get a 7m tall tower to suck up polluted air, clean it at a nano-level, then it release it back into parks and playgrounds. Then the carbon from the smog particles is made into diamonds.

The money from the diamond bling will be reinvested into more smog-eating towers.

The future of engagement rings, maybe? I personally would love a jewel made from old smog. Any takers? Anyone?!

Plus, indie designers have accused high street fashion chain Zara of plagiarism (awks), here’s the solar-powered plane that has just circumnavigated the globe, and these are the 8 pieces of tech PwC thinks you cannot ignore right now (and there was a tangent on Pokemon Go, naturally).

Jump to the end for our chinwag.  Plus, how about Replast: building blocks made from ocean waste? Check out the main interview with the cool folk at ByFusion.

Happy listening 🙂

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