It may sound funny especially to all of us in this part of the world (Africa) that some countries buy the air we enjoy here freely. Hilarious as it may sound, this is a reality for people in China where fresh air is somewhat rare.
A British businessman named Leo De Watts reveals he pockets nearly £16,000 for selling bottles of fresh-air to Chinese population for a breath-taking £80 a bottle.
Now covert it to our own currency and see the whooping amount he makes for a single bottle of fresh air – weird!
Leo De Watts aged 27, claims Britain boasts the “Louis Vuitton” of finest fresh air.
The elite in Beijing and Shanghai (smog-plagued zones) have enthusiastically bought nearly 200 of his 580ml glass containers of British air in just a few weeks because it is cheap and it is exactly what they want.
The businessman sends his friends and relatives out into the countryside to bottle fresh air as far away from pollution as possible.
How Do They Capture The Fresh Air?
The air-gricultural workers carry the bottles in adapted fishing nets while they walk about through the fields to capture fresh air.
The bottles are left open for up to 10 minutes to be filled to brim with fresh air while they monitor it to make sure no grass or unwanted material slips into the “natural” product.
Leo has been exporting bottles of fresh air from Dorset, Somerset, Wales, Wiltshire and Yorkshire to the Far East.
According to him, customers have the best experience when they open his bottle of fresh air. Also, the aroma of the air varies depending on where it was gotten from since different areas smell differently.
He also said the Chinese buy the air-tight bottles as novelty gifts that will never be opened. This is how bad the smog in the country has become.
Read What he told UK Mirror:
“I would say on the whole that Dorset air seems to pick up a few more scents of the ocean, as the breeze flows up the Jurassic Coast and over the lush pastures.
“Whereas air from the Yorkshire Dales tends to filter it’s way through much more flora, so the scent captures the subtle tones of the surrounding fields, giving different qualities to the collection.
On competing with another company in Canada that bottles air, he said:
I saw a few reports of people importing bottles of air and thought it was a bit ridiculous myself, and then I thought about it.
“When someone bottled water everyone thought it was ridiculous, now you have Evian and Volvic – why not bottle air?
“We are priced as a luxury item – it is not for every-day customers. If they want something that is cheaper they can buy it.
“Think of us as being the equivalent of Louis Vuitton or Gucci, we are not likely to appeal to a mass market.
It is really a cottage industry at the moment – we have got a few people around the country who go out and bottle it.
“It doesn’t require that many people and you can collect quite a lot in one go and you don’t have to pay for it.”
This man goes to prove that we can turn anything to business and make money from it. His company is called Aethaer, gotten from an ancient Greek word for pure fresh air.