Algae Ink ™

About the ink

  • Algae derived
  • Vegan
  • 100% biodegradable
  • 100% compostable
  • Sustainable
  • Renewable
  • Environmentally friendly & safe
  • Carbon negative
  • The world’s first commercially available ink with bio-based pigments
    (majority of printing inks are produced from toxic petroleum)

Algae Ink™ developed by Living Ink

(Living Ink is a biomaterials company co-founded by 2 biologists, Scott Fulbright & Steve Albers, who met while studying their PHDs)

The first publication (an exhibition catalogue) printed in the UK with Algae Ink™ was in 2022. The exhibition catalogue was printed as part of Barbican Centre’s Spring / Summer 2022 exhibition called Our Time on Earth. This was a major exhibition celebrating the power of global creativity to transform the conversation around climate emergency.

The algae farming

Grown in the Sonoran Desert

Remains 100% pure during entire growth process as the algae is grown with no :

  • Chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Preservatives
  • Additives
  • Stabilisers
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
  • Irradiation
  • Grown with sunshine, mineral rich water & clean air
    (far from highways, airports & cities)
  • Ecologically grown for 100% purity & safety
  • Ecological cultivation for Earth-friendly farming
  • No soil erosion
  • No water contamination
  • Closed-loop water & nutrient recycling during harvest
    (everything is recycled & no discharge to the environment)
  • Each step of their growing & production process focuses on a sustainable Earth

The algae used

  • Spirulina (a type of algae)
  • Spirulina has been eaten by humans since prehistory
  • Spirulina has been approved as a food for human consumption by many governments, health agencies & associations of over 20 countries
  • Spirulina is grown for a blue colourant called phycocyanin
  • Phycocyanin is extracted & used as a natural food colourant
  • The remaining material is considered algae by-product
  • The by-product is transformed into bio-based black pigment

Algae facts

  • Grown using sunlight, water, carbon dioxide from air & nutrients
  • When algae grows, it absorbs carbon dioxide & produces oxygen
  • Grows faster than terrestrial plants & are renewable
  • Does not use traditional farmland, thus production does not displace food production

Algae grown by Earthrise®️Nutritionals

About the printers

  • A workers’ cooperative
  • They use a cargo bike for small local deliveries
  • They encourage cycling to work
  • Members of London Zero Emissions Network (ZEN)
  • 100% of their energy is generated from wind power & hydroelectric
    (also known as hydropower / water power)

Book printed by Calverts