Air Ink is new innovation of Anirudha Sharma and his team. It is the first ink made entirely out of air pollution. They capture pollution and then turn it into Inks. Air Ink is an ink brand which produces ink and ink based art products by condensing soot based gaseous effluents generated by motor vehicles due to incomplete combustion of fossil fuels.
They invented a device that captures air pollution at the MIT Media Lab. They turned this pollution into Safe, High-quality ink for art. Whenever the inks or marketers are used to draw, write, paint or create, they are literally making our streets more beautiful.
The team successfully formulated tested and piloted Air Ink over the last 3 years. They have just launched a preview store to share what they have with those who share interest in art, science, recycling and environment.
They say, “Our vision is to arrest the urban PM air pollution in a way that it doesn’t reach our lungs. The process of creating Air Ink carefully detoxifies heavy metals and particle carcinogens from the soot or carbon.”
How it’s made?
Innovators of Air Ink use their proprietary device to manufactured cheaper carbon black ink through the intentionally burning of fossil fuels. The proprietary device – call KAALINK – used 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 of vehicular emissions to capture through Kaalink to produce / fluid ounce of ink and it’s enough to fill one pen. The collected soot goes through their various proprietary processes to remove heavy metals, dust particles and all other harmful materials and carcinogens. The end product is a purified carbon rich pigment.
During the final stage, the carbon is taken through another chemical process to make different types of inks and paints. They use standard industrial processes to create ink that is as safe as any on the market.
At the end, they created several grades of Air Ink with different applications that is 2mm round tip and 15mm, 30mm and 50mm chisel tip marketers and screen painting ink.
Air ink offers the first time as Safe, Refillable, High-quality, Water resistant markers and screen printing ink. Air Inks are certified safe by two independent international testing labs. They said, by using 30ml of this Air Ink, you can negate 45 minutes of pollution. Air Ink is made of air pollution particulate matter like the unburned carbon soot coming out of the exhaust pipe of cars, chimneys, generators and motor.
The pollutants which could have been in the lungs of millions of people are now beautifully resting as art.