Graviky Labs

You likely use a pen most days of your life, but you have probably put little thought into where the ink came from and how it was produced. Black ink – the most commonly used colour – is created by partially combusting hydrocarbons to finely dividing the carbon molecules that can then be turned into soot, thus the mass amount of CO2 is emitted to generate the ‘carbon black’ colour (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2016). Graviky Labs, once an MIT Lab experiment, wanted to create a device that could capture air pollution and upcycle the greenhouse gas particles into a safe water-based ink. As a successful Kickstarter that used crowd-funding to see their initiative to light in 2016, the result of this endeavour is various carbon-negative ink products, including AIR–INK®, their most popular ink product that comes in bulk or pen form, Flexographic Ink for commercial packaging, and Silk Screen Ink for apparel, plastics, and automotive interiors. The same technology used to capture emission particles and transform them into ink can be scaled to fit any industrial setting like boats, industrial yards, and train carts, allowing the industry to create their own ink needed on-site with their own carbon emissions. This is transformative for countries with emerging economies like India where Graviky Labs conversion devices are becoming increasingly popular. Graviky Labs is truly fighting against climate change by trying to decarbonize global production processes in a mutually beneficial way.


Climate Change, Industry/Natural Commodities, Internet of Things, Pollution