AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Carbon Craft: Carbon-Negative Tiles for Construction

Carbon Tile is aimed to upcycle pyrolysis carbon waste (which otherwise burnt) at scale through a common construction material through traditional craftsmanship in Gujarat for social and eco benefit


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Social causes


SDGs covered

Endorsed by

India Climate Collaborative

Market of Implementation

  • India


In India, low value carbon waste is generated at tyre pyrolysis factories, and usually ends up at brick and cement kilns and burnt to produce heat. As this carbon is quite cheap and has similar calorific value as coal, it is consumed for burning at an uncontrolled rate.

As a result, the air quality of the surrounding cities are severely affected. At the moment, there is no alternate value for this recovered carbon from these pyrolysis setups. On top of that, India alone produces half a million tons of this carbon waste annually which is only burnt, causing air pollution.


At Carbon Craft, we aim to tackle these problems, at the source of construction materials. We prevent air pollution from happening in the first place through an alternative way of upcycling the recovered carbon black, by using it as a pigment in Carbon Tile. This process breaks the chain of pyrolysis carbon being burnt at kilns by developing commercially valuable alternative applications.

Our philosophy is "Craft against Climate Change". We incorporate craft-based solutions to develop newer products by employing various Indian artisans as they are the most untapped potential to make climate action accessible to a wider audience. Handcrafted, artisanal tiles have always been appealing to local and global audiences, and giving a climate angle to it will become a great deal for consumers. By selling our tiles to architects, construction companies and retailers for infrastructure needs, we enable the built environment to take climate action rather than adding more carbon emissions to its books.

As of 2021, we already have clients such as Adidas, been featured in mainstream publications such as CNN and The Times of India, and have received various awards, such as from the Climate Launch pad.

For more information on our work, do refer to our Slide Deck.

Type of Carbon Reduced/Sequestered

CO2 (Carbon Dioxide)

Amount of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Avoided/Sequestered

170 to 240 kgCO2e per sqft

Means of Measurement

In terms of Black Carbon that would have been produced if the pyrolysis carbon waste were burnt. This calculation is yet to be verified through an LCA.

Project’s Environment & Climate Capability

Climate Risk Reduction

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