Bamboo charcoal has gotten a lot of attention recently and for good reasons. To understand everyone’s fascination with this super material, learn more about its uses, and find out exactly what it is and how it works, just keep on reading.
For centuries, bamboo charcoal has been a popular filtration medium and component of medicine in Asia, especially Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan.
However, the uses and benefits of this material have become evident to Westerners only in recent years. It’s an effective, environmentally friendly deodorizer and purifier with a plethora of extra uses.
When a friend told me that I could whiten my teeth using only a natural solution, I was all ears. Then, he sent me this article and knocked my socks off. Why? Because I never thought the solution he was making reference to was actually CHARCOAL.
“Are you freaking kidding me!? Charcoal… THAT’S your solution?” did I yell at him.
And then I’ve decided to give it a try and… Boom! I couldn’t believe my eyes the surprising results.
Whiter teeth didn’t help me make a better impression on girls, though. But I could go around smiling all the way, like a 5YO boy who got his first kiss.
It definitely gave me a boost of confidence!
What’s in your water?
If you are drinking tap water, the answer to that question is 300+ chemicals and pollutants, according to research from the Environmental Working Group. Among these contaminants are:
- Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) such as pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals.
- Heavy Metals like lead and mercury are found in some water sources and have been linked to any health problems.
- Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals that mimic or interfere with the normal hormones in the body and these chemicals are being found in increasing amounts in the water supply.
- Fluoride: This is perhaps the most controversial of the contaminants in water (if something like water contaminants can be controversial!) because it is purposefully added to the water and there is a much-heated debate about the benefits/harm of this.
If you are not interested in drinking a chemical cocktail every time you are thirsty, here are your options:
- Bottled water: Pricy and tasteless in most cases.
- Pitcher water filters: Costly to use but better than nothing. Though it doesn’t remove the worst offenders.
- Reverse Osmosis (RO): Has its pros and cons but certainly better than a lot of options out there. It removes fluoride, but not the best due to its waste of water and costly filters.
- Distilled water: Also has its pros and cons but better than bottled water. It fails to be the best option out there, especially for home situations.
- Solid Block Carbon Filters: The EPA recognizes solid carbon filters as the best option for removing chemicals like herbicides, pesticides, and VOCs. The most common type of this filter is the Berkey and it comes in many sizes for different uses. It can even be used camping to filter river water for drinking! More expensive up front, it doesn’t nonetheless remove endocrine disruptors and there are some concerns with third party testing with some brands. Our recommendation is to use an under the counter multi-stage filter. Click here for an in-depth review of one those systems.
Clean Indoor Air
Did you know that indoor air can often contain more toxins and chemicals than outdoor air? Everything from mattresses to pots/pans to kids PJs can contain harmful chemicals.
A natural cleaning option is to use bamboo charcoal bags. They have the same toxin-removing effect on the air as salt lamps and beeswax candles and work wonders for odor removal.
Vitchelo bamboo charcoal bags absorb unpleasant odors and dehumidify the air.
Once activated, the porous structure of the high-density bamboo charcoal helps remove bacteria, harmful pollutants, allergens and absorbs moisture, preventing mold and mildew.
Toxin free, the bags are safe to use around pets and children.
The bamboo charcoal bags rejuvenates when the bags are placed in sunlight, for an hour or so, once a month and can be reused for about two years. Passed this period, the charcoal can be poured into the soil around plants to fertilize and help retain moisture.
Don’t expect it to make wonder in an area where urine smells is pervasive .
From a personal experience, I’ve put a pack in our car, a pack under our baby’s change table, and two packs in our bathroom. The pack in the car worked beautifully and remained odor-free since we had the bag in there. Yet, the other packs did not seem to have had a discernible effect.
I’m guessing that it’s probably because the bags do not pack enough punch to effectively absorb strong odors, such as those produced by diapers. But for smaller spaces, like a car or a closet, they worked like a charm.
Conventional air fresheners mask bad odors, which usually does more harm than good. But these bamboo charcoal bags adsorbs and removes odor without trying to cover horrible smells with cloying perfume.
Still Skeptical? Check the Science
Scientific research supports the effectiveness of bamboo charcoal in odor control and the removal of harmful atmospheric gasses.
“Science of Bamboo Charcoal: Study on Carbonizing Temperature of Bamboo Charcoal and Removal Capability of Harmful Gasses,” a study conducted at Nagaoka University of Technology in Japan and published in the Journal of Health Science, yielded overwhelmingly positive results.
The researchers tested charcoal carbonized at different temperatures and focused on the absorption of chemicals known to cause “Sick Building Syndrome,” specifically formaldehyde, toluene, and benzene. They found that charcoal absorbs formaldehyde when carbonized at most temperatures. Testing with nonenal, a type of odorant, revealed the following:
The researchers concluded, “charcoal can be used effectively as a countermeasure against Sick Building Syndrome or as a deodorant.”
Gotta Love Bamboo Charcoal
Environmentally friendly and ecologically safe, bamboo charcoal is a responsible replacement for chemical and synthetic deodorizers, purifiers, and fertilizers.
Its 100% natural, safe to use around pets, children, and people with allergies or asthma.
Scientific studies support charcoal’s adsorption abilities, and its many uses make it a MUST both for commercial and household applications.
Best of all, you can start using activated charcoal with confidence today. Just click here and we’ll send you your personal packs at a ridiculous price.
It’s good for you and the environment from cultivation to disposal.
Find out how they might benefit you and your family here.