The Webby for Good, produced in partnership with WP Engine, is a showcase of Webby-honored projects and campaigns that are promoting social good in the world.
As a proud supporter of street culture and sustainability, Tiger had a bold idea: use air pollution to fight air pollution. We partnered with inventor Anirudh Sharma (Graviky Labs) to develop devices that captured carbon in the exhausts of ferries, cranes, and Tiger Beer delivery trucks. The harvested carbon was turned into safe, high-quality ink called Air-Ink that we used in a range of pens and markers. These were given to street artists and activists, who used them to create art and advertising around the globe, and we created a short film for social about the whole campaign.
Tiger makes beer, not pens, and especially not pens filled with air pollution. We overcame this by diving head first into the world of pen manufacturing, and became experts in ink consistencies, packaging, and much more. In addition, the Air-Ink campaign was a result of collaboration from 28 artists, 5 inventors, agency, and client across 10 countries and 8 time zones. By accepting and learning from each other, we were able to feed the influences of our different backgrounds into how we developed the Air-Ink brand.
After seeing a video [ https://vimeo.com/87233029] of soot being turned into ink, we had no idea if the ink would work on walls or in spray cans. Especially after being captured from vehicle exhausts. The moment Anirudh gave us the first Air-Ink pen to draw with was incredibly rewarding. Another rewarding part of the project was seeing arbon emissions become art on streets of the world—almost 850 litres of Air-Ink. Furthermore, we were proud to receive global news coverage from esteemed media outlets including CNN, The Guardian, BBC, Wired, Vice and Mashable.
Recently, the World Health Organization stated that air pollution is the world’s single biggest environmental health risk. In Asia, Tiger beer feels the impact of this every day. 62% of Tiger sales come from exposed sidewalks and outdoor venues, so this was clearly an issue that affected Tiger’s business.
The most important conversations occurred early on. After seeing a video of Anirudh turning candle soot into ink, we reached out to him with our idea. Anirudh explained that he was working on a prototype to capture soot from exhaust pipes. He loved the idea of giving the ink to street artists, and together we turned the prototype into a reality.
We learned that global campaigns need time to develop and that it’s essential to put trust in people who know better: Marketers are pretty lousy scientists; scientists know little about creating a brand. But the biggest surprise was just how well Air-Ink was received. We are now over 1 billion media impressions, have a factory in India, and are petitioning the City of London to adopt the technology on its black cabs.
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- Creative Chairman David Nobay Marcel Sydney
- Executive Creative Director Scott Huebscher Marcel Sydney
- Senior Copywriter Gavin Chimes Marcel Sydney
- Senior Art Director Leslie Sharpe Marcel Sydney
- Head of Social Alex Watts Marcel Sydney
- Digital Creative Director Bridget Jung Marcel Sydney
- Senior Digital Art Director Tom Vukelja Marcel Sydney
- Head of Art Emmanuel Bougneres Marcel Sydney
- Head of Production Holly Alexander Marcel Sydney
- Senior Print Producer Chris Beghin Marcel Sydney
- Client Services Director Ryan Bernal Marcel Sydney
- Account Director Alexandra Buckland Marcel Sydney
- Strategist Knox Cassidy Marcel Sydney
- Senior Strategist Cathy Song Marcel Sydney
- Technology Director Anirudh Sharma Graviky Labs
- Director Joel Kefali Goodoil
- Executive Producer Jules Bishop Goodoil
- Producer Andrew McLean Goodoil
- Director of Photography Lachlan Milne Goodoil
- Editor Simon Njoo Goodoil
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