Verdis is a bio-engineered plant that harnesses the natural power of plants as sensors for air pollution. 

Verdis is a bio-engineered plant system that harnesses the natural ability of plants to detect volatile particles in the air. Microchips in the soil intercept the electrical impulses that carry these detections, and send them over a digital network.


Air pollution is a global health concern. Typically we gauge the level of pollution by looking outside—the more visible the smog, the worse the air. However, what many of us don’t realize is that the most harmful pollutants are actually indoor invisible. When we retreat to the safety of the indoors, we are often in fact escaping further into harm. The toxins that get trapped in buildings and houses come from common household items, such as furniture, cleaning products, and carpeting. We set out to empower people with knowledge of their own indoor air quality by making the invisible, visible.

Research and Process

The deveopment of this concept took a lot of reseach and during our process we discovered many insights. Plants are much more refined sensors than mechanical chips. Technically speaking, they can detect for a much broader spectrum of particle types, with a much higher range of sensitivity. By bringing plants into more urban areas, Verdis creates a platform for fostering a sense of biophilia, our human affinity for living in symbiosis with nature. When we take care of a Verdis plant, the plant takes care of us.