Issue: Air pollution

Air carbon:

1- Air carbon creates plastic by extracting carbon molecules from air containing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane and rearranging the molecules into “long chain thermoplastic polymers”.

2- This plastic matches the performance of oil based plastics.

3-The technology reduces air pollution by turning a problem into a solution.

Fun fact-The concept of capturing carbon from the air was first introduced in a scientific paper by Columbia University physicist Klaus Lackner in 1999!

Organizational stakeholders:

-Companies that are trying to be more “green” could use this plastic to build their facilities instead of oil based plastic.

How to deploy:

-Join trade shows that focus on green building materials

-Demonstrate the transformation from carbon to plastic through a video

-Emphasize the benefits and how much of a no-brainer choosing this plastic over oil-based plastics should be for green companies

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4 thoughts on “

  1. This is a very interesting technology though very hard to deploy because of the huge costs involved.This technology was also used in the synthesis of clean fuels.


  2. According to New Light Technologies, they have successfully shifted the cost structure of the greenhouse gas to plastic conversion process, and enable AirCarbon to out-compete oil-based plastics, such as polypropylene and polyethylene, due to Newlight’s 9X biocatalyst’s ability to generate a polymer conversion yield that is over nine times higher than previous attempts – from a yield ratio of 1:1 to 1:9; without exhibiting a negative feedback response.


  3. While the idea of transforming carbon into plastic sounds like it can help solve the global climate crisis, there is pushback on the actual potential impact of this type of technology. According to atmospheric scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology, Ken Caldeira, the process of converting oxidized CO2 to reduced carbon requires so much combustion that it erases the benefit to the environment.


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