There are growing levels of air pollution worldwide and despite renewed commitment from various quarters to treat our environment better, air pollution seems like a pretty difficult thing to combat.
Difficult because the factories, industrial plants and personal vehicles that often create the bulk of the air pollution are seen as necessary in our day-to-day lives.
So what then is our fate? To destroy and pollute the air so much that it becomes toxic enough to warrant escaping from? That does not sound like a good fate.
Graviky Labs, an India-based research company, seems to have a better idea. The technology and design team of the company is converting airborne pollutants into paints and ink.
They have a line of products including pens, spray paint, and oil-based paints, whose pigments were once toxic, arriving straight from car exhaust pipes. They call it Air Ink and the researcher say these artistic products are completely safe to use.
Kaalink is a device created by Graviky Lab that is instrumental in this innovation. The device is placed on exhaust pipes where it captures the pollutants without in any way compromising the performance of the vehicle.
After it is collected, the soot goes through a number of processes to remove the carcinogens and yield the purified carbon-based pigments that become the raw materials in the chemical process used to create the final inks and paints.
The researchers have estimated that collecting about 45 minutes of car emissions which then go through their processes will produces some 30 milliliters of ink which is enough to fill one pen.
Asides from cars and trucks, Kaalink can fit over the polluting mouths of boats, chimneys, and cranes.
Graviky Lab recently partnered with Tiger Beer for a project where they took Air Ink out into the real world, giving the paint to seven street artists who then used it to create murals in Hong Kong where heavy traffic has resulted in threatening levels of air pollution.