Problem Addressed

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has stated that lifestyle changes alone will not be sufficient to mitigate the worst effects of climate change and has called for radical action to streamline carbon capture and storage methods. This climate change ‘reversal’ through CO2 sequestration will only work through the manufacture of significant volumes of materials that can act as carbon sinks. Scaling up this solution is another key challenge.

Solution Overview

Made of Air is in business to reverse climate change. They extract carbon dioxide from the air and permanently store it in produced goods that replace fossil-based plastics/high-emission materials. The product is a thermoplastic compound created from wood waste/other biomass waste streams which can then be formed into a variety of building products (e.g. façade panels) and sold into the wider market.

The products are sustainably sourced and utilize biomass waste which would otherwise re-release its temporarily stored CO2 back into the atmosphere. Building façades made using Made of Air’s material benefit the environment and inspire within the built environment sector (particularly sustainable materials production).

Though Made of Air’s product is recyclable and regenerative, it does not compromise on aesthetics and durability. Their circular economy business model makes them a significant contributor within the value chain, as well as within modular construction, ensuring affordability and scale.

Case Study

Audi’s car dealership in Trudering, Bavaria

Made of Air provided 7 tonnes of material for a 700 sq. m. application of a rainscreen panelling. At a rate of -1.95 tons CO2 eq./tons, they have removed approximately 14 tons of CO2 from the air.