Miners create eco-bench which changes colour with the quality of air – and if it’s red stay INDOORS!

Pals Michał Szyszkowski and Michał Kaczorek with their ‘smog bench’. Press materials

Two miners have created a “smog bench” that changes colour according to the level of air pollution, giving people sitting on it a visible warning of the dangers posed by the air they breathe.

If the 8loading bench turns green then the air is clean, but yellow indicates caution and if it glows red then people should stay indoors.

“The purifying system installed in the bench cleans 860 cubic metres of air per hour, which allows it clean all the air in an 80-square-metre room,” said co-designer Michał Kaczorek.Press materials

“For the sake of our children we wanted to create a product that could easily show which places we could go for a walk in and in which places it would be better to avoid,” said Michał Szyszkowski, one of the designers.

The two men live and work in Jastrzębie-Zdroj, a town that suffer from the high levels of air pollution that blight many towns in the country.

If the 8loading bench turns green then the air is clean, but yellow indicates caution and if it glows red then people should stay indoors.8loading/Facebook

Working in a shed when not down the mines, the two initially had an idea of just designing a bench at which people could recharge their phones. Then came the idea of adding wifi and lighting, and finally the two hit upon adding smog sensors and warning lights.

They have now taken the design a step further by adding air-cleaning technology, which, they say, makes it ideal for a public space or building.

The designers initially thought about designing a bench where people could recharge their phones. Then came the idea of adding wifi and lighting, and finally the two hit upon adding smog sensors and warning lights.8loading/Facebook

“The purifying system installed in the bench cleans 860 cubic metres of air per hour, which allows it clean all the air in an 80-square-metre room,” said Michał Kaczorek, the other creator.

“The bench is giving people a tangible way of checking the air quality without resorting to something else,” he added. “They don’t have to reach for their phones and launch an application.”

So far the two men remain in the mines and work on the bench’s development in their free time, but this could change as interest in the smog bench grows.8loading/Facebook

So far the two men remain in the mines and work on the bench’s development in their free time, but this could change as interest in the smog bench grows.

Anna Hetman, the town’s mayor, has already spoken about adding more benches to the solitary one now installed in the town hall, and with air pollution a global problem the two hope that they will also get interest from abroad.