#12 Upcycling Air Pollution to Create Construction Products feat. Tejas Sindal (Carbon Craft Design)
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While air pollution is a major concern for humanity right now, it also presents us with a great opportunity to be up-cycled into sustainable products. We are joined today by Tejas Sidnal, CEO of Carbon Craft Design, a consultancy and research firm focusing on addressing climate change by manufacturing tiles out of carbon! We talk about the principles underscoring Tejas’ journey as a student and entrepreneur, as well as milestones, goals, and what lies ahead for his brilliant firm. Tejas begins by sharing about the concepts of biomimicry and the relationship between architecture and air pollution, explaining how they informed his education leading up to the founding of Carbon Craft Design. True biomimicry is a fascinating concept, and he explains how design that incorporates it differs from that which merely takes exclusively morphological or functional cues from nature. From there, we get into some of the hurdles that come with the path he has chosen, talking about mindset shifts required by business and customers as far as adopting his product, and the high costs that come with sustainable practices. Tejas also gets into the process of how his tiles are created, touching on his company’s collaboration Air-Ink, a project that captures pollution and makes it into (you guessed it) ink! Today’s exchange with Tejas explores the road ahead for Carbon Craft Design too, and Tejas shares about his goal to make, and entire building out of carbon up-cycled materials sometime soon!

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