Living Ink Kickstarter - Greeting Cards and Art made from Algae

The scientists at Living Ink Technologies in Denver Colorado have just begun a Kickstarter campaign promoting a greeting card that could revolutionize how ink is made. Their greeting card and art kits use living algae to create a time-lapse message or image that grows with exposure to sunlight. 

Living Ink Kickstarter

Using algae for ink is possibly the most novel applications I have heard of in the algae industry and one of the most feasible. There would be significant positive benefits to the environment by replacing traditional ink with an algae based ink, and Living Ink Technologies is proposing to do just that. 

Regular ink has a problem that most people don’t know about: It’s dirty, dirty stuff. Most colored pigments found in regular ink are made up of heavy metals like cadmium, copper, chromium, iron, lead, and aluminum.
— Living Ink Technologies

Checkout and support their Kickstarter right now and you will get to make your own living algae art and be one of the first people to use the ink of the future. 

Living Ink Kickstarter

Living Ink Technologies: A Green Greeting Card from Algae

A prototype greeting card from Living Ink Technologies of Fort Collins Colorado. 

It certainly is nice to see someone using a different approach in the algae industry. Living Ink Technologies of Fort Collins Colorado is a new startup in 2014 and are using their experience with algae to do something completely different, create a photosynthesizing greeting card. The company is currently in its development stage and has several card prototypes on its website. 

Living Ink Technologies on Facebook

I really like the idea behind these cards. The cards are stamped or painted with various strains of algae which can lead to different colors and different rates of growth. So a colorful living message and image can be revealed through time.

The founders of LIT are Scott Fulbright and Steve Albers, both graduate students at Colorado State University are researching various components of algal technology, including biofuel and pigment production. I wish these guys the best with their venture and I can't wait to order my first Dunaliella salina based greeting card. 


Scott Fulbright and Steve Albers of Living Ink Technologies