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Masks and Air Purifiers Sales Soaring

09:05 April 20, 2017 replay time01:40

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Microdust has made it difficult these days to see a blue sky.

Consequently, masks that capture dust, air-purifying plants and anti-pollution cosmetics are selling like hot cakes.

Lee Jun-heum has more.


The level of microdust is exacerbating by the day.

In Seoul alone, the number of days marked “bad” for microdust levels has increased sevenfold compared with last year.

Because of this, masks have now become a daily necessity.

Earlier this month, when microdust level was at its peak, the sales volume for an online mask seller was five times of what it was during the same period last year.

Also popular among those who find the masks uncomfortable are nose masks, which are placed inside the nose to filter the dust.

Air-purifying products are also trending.

In particular, with the rise of single-person households, small air purifiers, costing about 100,000 won, are selling at high rates instead of the more expensive models.

Tillandsia and stuckyi, plants famous for absorbing dust, and other air-purifying plants are also increasing in demand.

<Hong Mi-ae / Manager of Household Items Store> “Due to the severe level of microdust, the sales of masks, succulents and air purifiers are on the rise for preventing the dust. Sales have increased by about two to three times compared with the usual average.”

Many cosmetics companies are also launching anti-pollution products that are said to get rid of pollutants, such as microdust.

Consumers are spending more and more money to protect themselves from the ever-worsening microdust level.

Lee Jun-heum reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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