The price of child health
Cleanopy improves the health of children by providing affordable devices for monitoring and purifying the air .
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What is your innovation?
Cleanopy develops innovative devices that offer continuous indoor and outdoor air purification. Our first product is an add-on for child cribs, strollers and car seats that improves the health of children by reducing their exposure to air pollution. We have developed new filters that are more effective at purifying the air from more contaminants and air curtain technology ensures effectiveness outdoors. The integrated sensors provide pollution analytics, adaptive filtration and maintenance alerts. The devices form a network and we use the collected data to generate reports that allow medical professionals to identify the people at risk of developing respiratory conditions and improve treatment regimen.
Fill in the following one-sentence “mad lib”: A inspired my innovation of B; B is important because of C and has made D impact.
The lack of affordable and effective solutions has inspired Cleanopy. This solution is important because of large impact of air on child health and the potential to prevent disease incidence globally.
What was the motivation behind your innovation?
90% of people living in urban areas are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. It has been linked to chronic lung disease, heart disease, cancer and diabetes, the major killers in most countries. Young children (0 – 4 years old) are especially vulnerable because their lungs and immune system are still developing. They also breathe a greater volume of polluted air relative to their body mass. Majority of low income families in large cities like Toronto live in areas with higher levels of air pollution and often cannot afford effective pollution reduction devices to protect the health of their families.
How does your story bring the "Wow Factor"?
In short term, the social impact of Cleanopy includes 30% reduction in respiratory illness and 25% reduction in doctors’ visits as well as healthier, happier child. In long term our impact includes increased lifespan (3-5 years), improved quality of life, improved school performance as well as more disposable income for family (money savings on healthcare). In addition to direct impact in child health, the devices offer information on pollution levels and sources, encourage pollution source reduction (citizen-led & city-led) and ultimately improved population health.