Activated Carbon Benefits
Activated Carbon NZ supplies activated carbon (commonly known as activated charcoal) in amounts from 1 kg to 1 tonne and beyond. We provide the best service, advice and quality product, no matter if you’re an individual, or full-scale industrial processing plant.
The benefits of activated carbon stem from its structural and physical properties, which are a result of the very special production process. All our activated carbon starts out as refined waste from New Zealand’s timber industry.
Activated Carbon has an Extraordinary Surface Area
The key defining feature of activated carbon is that it has an almost unbelievable surface area. Just one teaspoon (5 ml) of activated carbon has a surface area of between 1 and 2 hectares (10,000 m² – 20,000 m²).
Adsorbance (as opposed to absorbance) is the measure of how much microscopic matter can stick to a surface. It stands to reason that something with a super-high surface area can have a lot of stuff stick to it. It’s activated carbon’s superior adsorbance that gives it unparalleled filtering properties.
Activated Carbon has Clinical Purity
The activation stage of activated carbon involves very high temperatures without burning (oxidising) the material. These temperatures evaporate most elements and leave a product that is made up of approximately 95% carbon, 5% oxygen, and trace amounts of other elements.
The activated carbon is an effective adsorber of impurities, so anything that’s left besides carbon after activation is completely bound to the product. It’s pure because it’s a purifier!
Activated Carbon is Non-Toxic
Activated carbon (activated charcoal) is used in food & beverage processing, cosmetics and as a dietary supplement or medical treatment. When consumed as per directions, it passes easily through the body, adsorbing whatever is in your gut at the time. On the skin, activated carbon adsorbs oils, bacteria and dirt. Activated charcoal soaps and cosmetics are popular and effective cleansers.
Due to its powdery nature and tough structure, breathing activated carbon into your lungs should be prevented.
Activated Carbon is Environmentally-Friendly
There are multiple reasons why activated carbon is one of the most environmentally-friendly substances. It is made from a waste byproduct of NZ’s massive forestry industry. It is biodegradable, when it’s not used to soak up heavy metals or ecologically unsafe toxins it can be disposed of in compost or in the garden. When it is used to filter industrial processes it effectively reduces environmental contamination.