At a time when air pollution is the largest environmental health risk in the world, creating art out of toxic air seems like a pretty good hook for any brand. The campaign titled #FilterTheFuture by the Aditya Birla Group, focuses on the adverse effects of air pollution and how it affects everything around us from heritage monuments and human health to flora and fauna. The campaign, conceptualised and executed by Tonic Worldwide, for the Mumbai-based multinational conglomerate, aims at helping consumers identify their fears for the environment and act upon it.
The campaign (marking June 5, World environment day) features four eco-conscious influencers from different walks of life - heritage enthusiast Akshay Shetty, wildlife photographer Nishank Joshi, fashion designer Jeena Gupta and environmentalist Sumaira Abdulali. Each one talks about the adverse effects of air pollution and their biggest fears for the environment.
At the very end of the video, each of their fears is represented in the form of sketches made with 'air ink', created by recycling air pollution emissions.
"The core of the campaign was to find the right insight as we wanted to find a hook which can let users re-look at the issue of air pollution through a different lens," says Pratik Hatankar, head - innovations and new initiatives, Tonic Worldwide as he gives us a sneak peek of the agency's brainstorming sessions.
To give shape to the idea, the agency partnered with Bengaluru-based Graviky labs that uses its proprietary technology, KaalInk, to capture particulate pollution emitted from vehicles and diesel generator chimneys.
Sharing some more insight on the science-meeting-art mechanism, Hatankar explains, "Graviky's KaalInk prototype captures particulate matter emitted from direct and ambient sources. This happens without considerable back-pressure. Depending on the carbon, content pollutants from other sources are also taken in for recycling. Pollution collected by KaalInk undergoes various proprietary processes to make sure the end product is safe to use. During the final stage, the carbon is taken through another chemical process to make different types of inks and paints. The challenge was to identify what we wanted to create so that it resonates with larger audiences."
However, globally, the carbon-to-canvas concept had already made its advertising debut back in 2017 when Tiger Beer (a subsidiary of Heineken), through one of its campaigns, brought art made from pollution-derived ink to smog-filled cities across the world.
Air pollution is a threat to the biosphere and wildlife.— Aditya Birla Group (@AdityaBirlaGrp) June 5, 2019
The time to act is now, you have the power to #FilterTheFuture.
For every selfie taken with the filter https://t.co/jKqsN1clio
we will plant a tree.#BeatAirPollution #WorldEnvironmentDay@UNEnvironment @UNEnvironmentNA pic.twitter.com/6AbdlO0pZm
Pollution impacts historical monuments & buildings with the threat of losing these irreplaceable structures forever. You have the power to #FilterTheFuture. For every selfie taken with the filter https://t.co/jKqsN1clio we will plant a tree.#BeatAirPollution #WorldEnvironmentDay pic.twitter.com/Py7DJnYPto— Aditya Birla Group (@AdityaBirlaGrp) June 6, 2019
Air pollution is a grim reality & unless we action change, we're headed towards a bleak future.— Aditya Birla Group (@AdityaBirlaGrp) June 4, 2019
You have the power to #FilterTheFuture.
For every selfie taken with the filter https://t.co/pI0TEjDhcr we will plant a tree! #BeatAirPollution #WorldEnvironmentDay. pic.twitter.com/Vz2oVaDQXh
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