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The world’s first ink made out of air pollution

09 February 2017

MIT Media Lab spinoff, Graviky Labs, invented a device that captures air pollution and used this to create a safe, high-quality ink for art.

AIR-INK (Credit: Graviky Labs)

AIR-INK is made from air pollution particulate matter (the carbon soot that is produced from chimneys, generators and car exhaust pipes). It’s safe, refillable, high-quality and water resistant. 

AIR-INK is created by three simple steps:

1. A proprietary device, called KAALINK, is used to capture soot that is emitted from vehicles. The device is retrofitted to the exhaust pipe of vehicles/generators to capture the outgoing pollutants.
2. The soot collected undergoes various proprietary processes to remove heavy metals and carcinogens. This results in a purified carbon rich pigment.
3. The carbon is then transformed into inks and paints.

Several grades of AIR-INK with different applications have already been created – 2 and 15mm round tip, 30 and 50mm chisel markers and screen printing ink.

It takes 45 minutes worth of vehicular emissions captured by the KAALINK to produce 1 fluid ounce of ink, this is enough to fill one pen. By using 30ml of the ink, users can negate 45 minutes worth of pollution.

Graviky Labs’ AIR-INK currently features as a campaign on Kickstarter. To read more or support the campaign, click here.

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