NEW DELHI, India — Air pollution is responsible for killing millions of individuals every year. India is one of the world’s most polluted countries as it is home to “seven of the world’s 10 worst polluted cities.” Pollution in India has transformed into a humanitarian issue as it causes increases in respiratory and heart diseases, high rates of child mortality, it slows neurological development and it shortens life expectancy by approximately 4 years. Additionally, pollution in India disproportionately affects impoverished populations. This is because they do not have the necessary resources to combat adverse health effects. One man, Tejas Sidnal, wanted to use his skills and non-traditional techniques to improve living conditions in India.
Who is Tejas Sidnal?
Tejas Sidnal is an Indian architect who has revolutionized India’s housing needs. In 2016, Sidnal founded the organization called Carbon Craft Design. Carbon Craft Design is trying to offsetting carbon emissions through architectural craft. Based in Mumbai, the organization is categorized as a material innovation company. It is upcycling air pollution, thus helping the environment as well as creating unique handcrafted tiles to be used for living spaces.
5 Ways Non-traditional Techniques Improve Living Conditions
- The founders of Carbon Craft Design used an architectural intervention to combat air pollution. A group of architects and engineers founded Carbon Craft Design. They realized the environment needed an architectural intervention rather than a technological innovation. After extensive Biomimicry research, the company began turning industrial waste into bricks in 2017. In 2018, Carbon Craft Design created the Reverse Chimney Pavilion to capture air pollution. In 2019, it built the first tile from pollution. Although technology significantly helped the process, the non-traditional architectural techniques made the amazing transformation possible.
- The upcycled air is used to create IdenTiles and IndusTiles. Carbon Craft Design has two tile series: IdenTiles and IndusTiles. IdenTiles reflect the natural and cultural identity of certain cities. For instance, the design of the London tile reflects the underground Metro and Big Ben. As well as the grey fog that is common in London. By incorporating both natural and cultural elements in its tiles, Carbon Craft Design emphasizes the importance of coexisting with nature. The IndusTiles, on the other hand, highlight specific industries such as oil, tannery, paper and transport. The purpose of the IndusTile Series is to emphasize humanity’s mass consumption of natural resources and spotlight the important interaction “between man and material.”
- Carbon Craft Design cleans 30,000 liters of air by creating 1 carbon tile. By sucking up all of the harmful chemicals in the air and compressing them with marble chips and powder, Carbon Craft Design produces a decorative and artistic tile. That tile consequently produces one day of clean air for one person who is normally breathing toxic air. Carbon Craft Design’s careful step-by-step process introduces sustainable building materials into India’s housing industry. Thereby helping the environment, contributing to the economy and improving the country’s living conditions.
- In 2019, Carbon Craft Design partnered with Air-Ink to produce unique art products. Graviky Labs founded the brand Air-Ink. It produces ink-based art materials by condensing soot-based particles from air pollution. The thorough process includes collecting the emissions caused by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. Then using a patented device called ‘Kaalink’ to filter the soot from the carbon. And finally, mixing the carbon with oils to create the artwork. Carbon Craft Design and Air Ink’s partnership enables the two organizations to collectively gather air pollution and produce both ink and carbon-based products.
Tejas Sidnal concocted the idea for Carbon Craft Design by studying biomimetics. Biomimetics is the imitation and production of systems found in nature to solve intricate human issues. When studying architecture at the University of Mumbai, Sidnal based his thesis on the concept that there is no waste in nature. Therefore, we should be using nature-focused technical solutions to reduce human waste. Consequently, Carbon Craft Design has the same model as nature, in that everything comes full circle.
Tejas Sidnal is a leader in the field of eco-friendly architecture. His inspired idea led to the establishment of an organization that is single-handedly helping the air pollution crisis in India. Hopefully, Carbon Craft Design and its non-traditional techniques improve living conditions in India. It could inspire more industries to adopt sustainable approaches that will improve the environment around the world.
– Ashley Bond