in 2003, our goal was to turn greenhouse gas into a force for good:
an energy material made in all living things, from people to trees to wild horses—a material that connects us.
now, we can.
through 10 years of research, we learned how to use microorganisms found in the ocean to turn greenhouse gas into aircarbon TM:
a biodegradable, biocompatible energy material made in all living things that can be melted and forged into fibers and solid parts.
there is no silver bullet to solving our environmental challenges, but we want to start by leaving things better than how we found them.
aircarbon is a natural energy material, so if it ends up in the environment, microorganisms in the soil and ocean eat it as a nutrient, like a tree leaf, because they make it themselves for growth.
since aircarbon is made from greenhouse gas, it can be naturally biodegraded into greenhouse gas, and then re-formed in a circular cycle.
at newlight, we use microorganisms found in the ocean to make aircarbon.
however, the building blocks of aircarbon are also made in the human body, so the body recognizes the material as itself on an immune basis.
our focus today is on using aircarbon to make regenerative consumer products, from fashion to furniture, as alternatives to synthetic fibers and plastics.
we are also working to use aircarbon to make biocompatible, self-recognizing products like artificial skin to speed healing times, and help make life safer, cleaner, and healthier.
when made using renewably-sourced power and greenhouse gas, the production of aircarbon reduces the amount of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gas in the air on a net basis, creating a net regenerative impact.
we track and third-party verify the impact of aircarbon with the help of independent carbon-auditing firms and IBM-backed blockchain technology, giving us carbon impact traceability for every product we make.
the amount of carbon sequestered in one gram of aircarbon is small, but we are ok with that: some of our favorite things in life started small.