Whether you’re a Beijing newcomer or an expat veteran, you’ll most likely spend time browsing the air purifier market. With air quality what it is, air purifiers have become a household necessity. Luckily, Beijing-based Swiss air purifier company, Origins Technology is here to help.
With a mission to help people build and sustain a healthy lifestyle, Liam Bates founded Origins in January 2014 when his fiancée’s childhood asthma recurred after moving to Beijing. Her health crisis became the inspiration behind his company’s name. “I want to use smart technology to bring people back to a natural and healthy environment – their original environment,” he says. With co-founders, Jessica Lam and Ken Ying, he set out to do just that.
The company released air purifier, Origins’ Alpine Air which they say delivers “air cleaner than that of the Rhône Glacier in Switzerland, in less than 45 minutes.” The Alpine Air unit is designed specifically to tackle the pollution problems found in Chinese cities, and is tested in both professional labs and Beijing apartments. To give consumers a look at how the Alpine Air works in an everyday setting, their test data for Beijing apartment spaces can be found on their website, along with information on their Swiss-imported filters.
However, Origins’ signature product is the recently released Laser Egg, a small household air quality monitor that can connect to your phone and provide a vast array of information ranging from the current AQI to any clean air spaces near you. Bates believes that the Laser Egg will revolutionize the market. “Schools and businesses often hire professional companies to come and test their air quality for a handsome fee,” he says. “Other high-end air quality monitors can be expensive, with prices as high as RMB 40,000. The Laser Egg can achieve similar accuracy at a fraction of that price.”
Both the Laser Egg and Alpine Air can be purchased through Origins’
website or can be found at Origins’ Breathing Space, a courtyard retail location in Beixinqiao. The Breathing Space is both an experience center for Origin’s products and a venue for events, including Origins-hosted discussions on green technology. All products purchased come with professional air quality testing services before and after use, and a one-year warranty. Alpine Air is priced at RMB 4,499, while Laser Egg is RMB 379.
Origins Technology Limited
Mon-Sat 9.30am-6.30pm. Beixinqiao Toutiao, Bldg 2, Dongcheng District (400 863 0600, email@example.com) www.origins-china.com 北京市东城区北新桥头条2号
This article originally appeared on page 18-19 of the beijingkids September 2015 issue. Click here to read the issue for free on Issuu.com. To find out how you can get your own copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: courtesy of Origins