Air Company is a startup that produces premium vodka from deposited atmospheric carbon. They convert CO2 into ethanol in the same way that plants use photosynthesis. The ethanol, which was originally intended for other purposes, was of such high purity that they decided to make premium spirits instead.
Their bespoke vodka, sold at $75 a bottle at high-end New York City bars before the pandemic began to shut things down, is now back after winning a World Changing Idea Award from Fast Company.
“We’re doing what we’re doing not just to contribute ourselves to fighting climate change, but to try to help empower other people to fight climate change in the everyday decisions that they make”, said CTO Stafford Sheehan.
Their technology of producing ethanol is now being turned towards the fragrance and perfume sector, another consumer good that needs high-purity ethanol.
If harvested, anthropogenic emissions can be used with modern technology to create practically anything. Air Company tech, thanks to a partnership with NASA, is being used to capture CO2, convert it into ethanol, and then into glucose—a basic sugar molecule that can be used to produce food aboard space ships, including lab grown meat.