Submitted by: Ulbe Jelluma 19/06/2017
A recent project on Kickstarter, the global crowdfunding platform, shows how polluted air coming, for example, from a car exhaust can be captured to produce ink. The project originated at the famous MIT Media Lab and received three times the required funds via Kickstarter.
This innovative idea is based upon the circular economy with the re-use of polluted air to produce a new product; ink. Air-Ink is made from polluted air that is captured in specially developed carbon emission collectors that are used on cars. These collectors absorb all carbon soot without affecting the car performances. Heavy metals and particle carcinogens are eliminated and a purified carbon based pigment is all that is left. This carbon is used to make different types of inks and paints.
The ink, Air-Ink has produced 770 litres of ink, the equivalent of a diesel car driving non-stop for nearly two and a half years, is used by street artists and by designers. One of the first projects was with Tiger beer, that used outside posters in London and art displayed in its Clean Air Gallery on the streets made with Air-Ink.