Yes, the haze is back and everyone's tracking PSI levels and stocking up on their haze-busting essentials again. Will there ever be a silver lining to this annual smog fest courtesy of Indonesia? We think not, but at least some people like Anirudh Sharma aren't whining about life. He's doing something about it.
The MIT TR35 Innovator of the Year, Forbes 30 under 30 honouree, and inventor at Bangalore-based Graviky Labs has created a device that transforms air pollution particles into safe, reliable ink. How does the magic happen? The cylindrical-shaped unit is fitted to the exhaust pipe of a vehicle (the device can also be mapped onto other pollution-emitting sources), and automatically turns on when the engine starts. When gases flow through the exhaust, a mechatronic capture system is activated, capturing fine particles within the walls of the unit while allowing the filtered gases to pass through. The particles collected are then used to create black ink, otherwise known as Air-Ink.
We heard about Air-Ink through the good folk over at Tiger Beer, who have collaborated with Sharma to bring his bottled ink to emerging street artists in Hong Kong. These artists have road-tested the product by using it to create murals and other artwork. One of the artists, Cath Love, commented: "This is a really good black, but I'm like 'Oh my god how much pollution went into this?'" Well, how's that for turning waste into something quite beautiful?