Air Ink….The world’s first ink made out of air pollution.

Graviky Labs have invented a device that captures air pollution and they turn this pollution into safe, high-quality ink for art. 

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.

R. Buckminster Fuller

Air-Ink was invented by engineer Anirudh Sharma while a student at MIT Media Lab when he was inspired after walking around Mumbai. He realised that the soot and vehicle exhaust fumes all around him could be turned into something useful, he founded startup Graviky Labs to create the world’s first fine art inks and paints made of air pollution. Quite incredible.

The Process

AIR-INK is created through a three-step process.

Step 1. While cheaper carbon black inks are manufactured through the deliberate burning of fossil fuels, they use their proprietary device––what they call KAALINK––to capture soot that is already being emitted from vehicles. KAALINK is retrofitted to the exhaust pipe of vehicles/generators to capture the outgoing pollutants. 

It takes just 45 minutes worth of vehicular emissions captured by Kaalink to produce 1 fluid ounce of ink

Step 2. The soot collected undergoes various proprietary processes to remove heavy metals and carcinogens. The end product is a purified carbon rich pigment.

Step 3. The carbon is then used to make different types of inks and paints.

The End Result

The creation of several grades of AIR-INK with different applications: 2mm round tip and 15mm, 30mm and 50mm chisel tip markers, and screen printing ink.

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