AIR-INK: Pollution-Markers gefüllt mit Feinstaub-Pigment jetzt auf Kickstarter

Vor ein paar Wochen bloggte ich über die großartigen Air-Ink-Marker aus den Graviky Labs, das waren damals noch Prototypen und ich rechnete nicht damit, dass die Teile so schnell zu haben sein würden.

Jetzt haben sie eine Kickstarter-Kampagne für die Teile online gestellt: AIR-INK: The world's first ink made out of air pollution. (via c77)

Ein Marker kostet stolze 35 Dollar, dafür malt man aber auch mit Auto-Dreck, was ja nun wirklich über alle Maßen geil ist. Am schönsten dürfte sich die Frische Marker-Tinte auf weißen LKWs machen oder an Wänden von irgendwelchen Kohlekraftwerken oder ganz besonders schick: Mit ’nem dicken Strich aus Autoabgas-Tinte einmal über stinkende Karren mit verbautem E189-Motor den Namen „ Winterkorn“ taggen.

At the MIT Media Lab, we invented a device that captures air pollution. We turned this pollution into safe, high-quality ink for art. […]

AIR-INK is created through a three-step process.

Step 1. While cheaper carbon black inks are manufactured through the deliberate burning of fossil fuels, we use our proprietary device––what we call KAALINK––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 worth of vehicular emissions captured by Kaalink to produce 1 fluid ounce of ink––enough to fill one of the pens being offered through this Kickstarter campaign.

Step 2. The soot we collect undergoes various proprietary processes to remove heavy metals and carcinogens. The end product is a purified carbon rich pigment. […]

Step 3. The carbon is then used to make different types of inks and paints. […]

We have created several grades of AIR-INK with different applications: 2mm round tip and 15mm, 30mm and 50mm chisel tip markers, and screen printing ink.

AIR-INK follows industrial grade guidelines, and artists have been using AIR-INK for the past 6 months without issues. Now, we are turning to Kickstarter to refine our KAALINK device and help scale up production. With every donation, you are giving back to the environment. In fact, you can negate 45 minutes worth of car pollution by using 30ml of AIR-INK. Even if just 15 percent of the world’s black ink supply is replaced with AIR-INK, we could end up cutting a lot of air pollution.