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Your Next Bottle of Vodka Could Be Made From Captured Carbon

Climate-conscious shoppers can now buy hand sanitizer, perfume and a host of other products made from waste carbon dioxide

Brooklyn-based Air Company says it’s created the “most sustainable alcohol in the world” by mixing captured CO₂ with hydrogen made from water and wind power to make spirits.

Brooklyn-based Air Company says it’s created the “most sustainable alcohol in the world” by mixing captured CO₂ with hydrogen made from water and wind power to make spirits.

Source: Air Company
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Vodka. Jet fuel. Hand sanitizer. Perfume. A growing number of companies are turning carbon dioxide captured from the air or factory smokestacks into everyday products so the greenhouse gas doesn’t escape into the atmosphere and heat the planet — or at least gets recycled a few times before it does.

Carbon capture technology works by separating CO₂ from other gases using expensive solvents that attract the molecules like iron filings to a magnet. Once captured, the CO₂ can be buried deep underground in places such as depleted oil and gas wells, where it remains for centuries. But that process has its challenges. On top of the high cost, companies also have to figure out how to transport the CO₂ and find the right geological structures in which to store it.