Activated Carbon Benefits

Activated Carbon NZ supplies activated carbon (also commonly known as activated charcoal) in amounts from 1 kg to 1 tonne and beyond. We provide the same service, advice and quality product, no matter if you’re an individual, startup, SME, or full-scale industrial processing plant.

The benefits of activated carbon stem from its structural and physical properties, which in turn are a result of the very special production process. All our activated carbon starts out as refined waste from New Zealand’s timber industry (usually sawdust).

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 almost all of the other elements and leave a product that is made up of around 95% carbon, 5% oxygen, and trace amounts of other common elements. 

The remaining activated carbon is itself 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 commonly used in food & beverage processing, cosmetics and directly as a dietary supplement or medical treatment. When consumed under supervision or 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 while acting as an exfoliating scrub. Activated charcoal soaps and cosmetics are popular and effective cleansers. 

The only caveat is that 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 of its class. The first is that it’s made from a waste byproduct of NZ’s massive forestry industry. Secondly, it’s biodegradable, and when it’s not used to soak up heavy metals or ecologically unsafe toxins it can be disposed of in composting facilities or in the garden. Thirdly, when it is used to filter industrial processes it can effectively reduce environmental contamination from other waste streams.