If you are living in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou and are choking on the heavily-polluted air there, Chen Guangbiao, China’s most high-profile philanthropist and CEO of Huangpu Recycling Resources Co. LTD, will soon come to your rescue with his canned fresh air sold at 4 to 5 yuan per can (less than $1).
On August, 11, Chen told the press that he will set up boutiques in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to sell canned fresh air starting September 17. This was after an environmental protection promotion in which Chen had just smashed a few electronic cars to raise awareness of lead-acid battery pollution.
According to Chen, all fresh air is collected in remote areas of China where local air is full of anionic oxygen: “Open the can and take 3 breaths, you will have a good mood and a clear mind.”
Chen also told that he was the main inventor of the air can. There is a chip in the can that detects air quantity. Workers only need to swing the can in the air three times. Once there is enough air in the can, the can will close and seal all by itself. According to him, one such can of fresh air has the power of 5 oxygen tanks common-seen in hospitals.
Like before, Chen’s new idea received much criticism and mocking from netizens, most of which thought he was just putting on another show. Some even questioned whether one can sell air in a country where everything is owned by the government. After all, just a few months ago, Heilongjiang province released a new regulation saying that wind power and solar power are state-owned and cannot be studied or developed without proper government permit. Air, if proven a hot buy, may be subject to state regulations, too. No joking.
But there are also netizens who appreciated Chen’s action, whether it’s for real or for show. Admit it or not, nowadays in China, clean and fresh air is a scarce find.