Architectural and urban design practice ecoLogicStudio has produced a system to take carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants out of the atmosphere using building panels made from algae microbes.

In the latest episode of CNBC’s “Sustainable Energy” Marco Poletto, ecoLogicStudio’s director, described how one of the bio-plastic prototypes works.

“The sun shines through the curtain and activates … photosynthesis,” he said. “The design of this cavity is such that we can inoculate, or introduce, dirty air from the bottom,” he added.

“The air naturally rises through and comes into contact with the molecules of the algae, which cleans it. And then clean air and oxygen is released from the top back into the atmosphere.”