When innovators put their minds together, great things happen. And this week we have plenty of great things to talk about. First, there’s the first sustainable rum label that features caps made out of waste polluting the North Sea. Now we’ve come across Air-Ink, the world’s first ink produced from air pollution particles. Invented by Singapore-based Graviky Labs at the MIT Media Lab, the proprietary KAALINK device captures carbon soot directly from exhaust pipes. After removing harmful heavy metals and carcinogens, the purified, carbon rich pigment can be transformed into ink or paint. It takes 45 minutes to capture emissions to make 1 fluid ounce of ink, which means that every bottle helps to reduce air pollution.
The company uses the water resistant Air-Ink in markers, pens and screen printing ink, effectively transforming pollutants into a tool for artists, designers and other creatives. Launched with a successful Kickstarter campaign, Air-Ink is currently available as 2mm, 15mm, 30mm and 50mm markers, and a 150ml screen printing ink set. Oil based paints as well as outdoor and fabric paints are also in the works. Photographs © Graviky Labs.