Bengaluru Start-up Converts Air Pollution to Ink

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A Bengaluru based company found a way to tackle the air pollution problem by separating the carbon from the particulate matter and using it to make ink. Graviky Labs, which was founded by MIT Media Lab alumnus Anirudh Sharma with Nikhil Kaushik and Nitesh Kadyan, implemented the idea of using carbonaceous material as a pigment for coloring by tying up with several designers, artists, chemists, and automobile experts. This might be the much-needed solution for the increasing pollution scenario across the country.

The process of preparation has three stages: In the first step their product Kaalink, which is retrofitted to the exhaust pipes, captures the soot emitted from automobiles. In the second step the collected soot undergoes processing to remove the heavy metals and carcinogens. The final product is purified carbon pigment – a core ingredient used in making ink and paints.

Although their product Kaalink is not commercially available as yet, they plan to install it on public vehicles so that they can use specially trained individuals to remove the particulate matter and separate it from the soot. The company is still working on improving the efficiency of the capturing process.

Source: India Environment Portal

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  1. Dear Sir ! Madam,
    The problem of “Smog” is a vital issue not only for the resident of Delhi (New Delhi) but it is a Global phenomenon.It is our duty to create an awareness among the all stakeholders.Especially among the school going children,Employees of DMCs and Common people.We can start an initiative to curb this vital problem by creating Eco-Friend Clubs in each school and Ward level too.The Smog problem of Delhi is not only by Fire of husk of different crops in adjoin g states Haryana,Punjab and U.P.It is caused by Plastic bags and wrappers which create different type of gases in the sunlight.The Delhi’tes generally use CNG fuel in their vehicles. Ice cream factories,big Freezes of 5 star Hotels as well as Air Conditioned System pour into the air SoX gases.CFC and other allied gases which are used in Freezes of Common houses add Pollutant ingredients into the fresh air.International Air Port and Jet Flights also create poisonous gases into the air from high level in dense density.So we can’t only blame farmers for this plight.We should altogether can make a change through Public awareness as well as Debate and discussion within the campus of Educational Institutions and Policy makers level.


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