Graviky Labs turns pollution to art
Scientists from Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii just announced that the Earth has crossed the 400 ppm carbon emission threshold permanently. This landmark announcement proves that time for drastic change and an overall environmental awareness is not just an abstract idea anymore. At a time like this, Air-Ink comes as a breath of fresh air, quite literally.
Graviky Labs, a spin-off from MIT Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has created tech that captures soot emissions from vehicles and creates carbon- based pigments, which can then be used to make different types of inks and paints — that is Air-Ink. “Our current focus is to reinterpret environment conservation through fusion of science and art. We aim to develop technologies that have net-positive impact on our environment,” says Anirudh Sharma, co-founder and director of Graviky.
This is how it works. They use their creation, called Kaalink, to capture the emissions from vehicles. The contraption is fitted onto the exhaust pipes of vehicles. The trapped material then undergoes chemical processes and is made into ink. “There are many variables and challenges. Right from figuring out how to operate under different climatic conditions and different types of exhaust pipes to the removal of heavy metals and dealing with carcinogens,” explains Nikhil Kaushik, another of the co-founders.
The paint has so far been used in Hong Kong by seven artists who did a street art project against air pollution.
Their products will be available for purchase soon.
— Anagha M