of Bamboo Charcoal
Reduce indoor air pollution - As bamboo charcoal absorbs
harmful chemical in the air, it is especially useful for
absorbing formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene in the air when
there is painting done, or strong smelling adhesive is used
indoors, or when antifreeze is kept indoors. It also reduces
smog as it absorbs carbonic oxide, ammonia, formaldehyde,
benzopyrene, nicotine, tar etc are found in smog, that is
harmful to the human body.
Purifying drinking water - As bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial
and anti-fungal, bamboo charcoal also possess similar properties.
Bamboo charcoal also absorbs 2,4-dichloro-hydroxybenzene,
a major harmful pollutant in drinking water. Bamboo charcoal
also eliminates harmful substances such as surplus chlorine,
chloroform, and contains rich natural mineral, like, potassium,
magnesium, sodium, calcium etc. So water quality can be
improved when bamboo charcoal is used in cooking and boiling.
Adjusting humidity - As bamboo charcoal contains lots of
pores and almost contains no moisture; it is effective in
reducing humidity. When the humidity in the air is less
than the bamboo charcoal, it will release moisture in the
air humidifying the room.
Promote metabolism and blood circulation - As bamboo charcoal
absorbs and emit far infrared rays, the far infrared radiation
will promote blood circulation. Bamboo charcoal inserted
in mattresses, cushion and comforters can make the user
warm up faster. De-odorizing - As bamboo charcoal absorbs
gases and decomposes it to carbon dioxide and other harmless
gases, bamboo charcoal is often placed in refrigerators,
near trash cans to absorb odor. Insoles containing bamboo
charcoal also reduces the odor well. Release negative ions
- More accurately, the infrared rays emitted constantly
from bamboo charcoal reduce moisture in the air into fine
particles that naturally change into negative ions. "Stale
air" in office buildings which causes depression and
exhaustion comes from recycling pollutants in the air. Another
culprit of stale air is the computers and printers which
we rely on so often in our offices. This "stale air"
is bad for our health and is usually positively charged
air particles and can often be remedied by airing regularly
or neutralizing with negative ions.
Due to industrialization, air pollution and water pollution
are becoming serious environmental problems. Bamboo charcoal
products are not only functionally sound, but also good
for protecting the environment as no chemicals are required
for these products to have such wonderful properties.
The following are some other reasons why
bamboo charcoal products are gaining popularity.
(1) high-grade wood charcoal reduced rapidly and almost
(2) bamboo grows very fast, reaching maturity in 5 years,
hence easily replaced.
(3) bamboo charcoal has better properties and can replace
the high quality wood charcoal made from hardwood;
(4) bamboo charcoal is strong and can be cut into different
Hence the future of bamboo charcoal is bright in the future
Current uses in Bamboo
Bamboo charcoal absorbs chlorine in water and let minerals
out, making your skin smooth. Also, the charcoal entirely
warms up your body with infrared ray effect, easing stiff
shoulders, lumbago, and poor circulation. Bamboo charcoal
also absorbs bad odor and toxic substances, and emit negative
Bamboo's popularity is surging among designers for use in
making shoes, jewelry and handbags. Many brands have built
entire lines around bamboo's stylish versatility, while
Gucci recently incorporated bamboo in such diverse ways
as a clutch bag and as a stiletto for a sandal.
Scandinavia imports bamboo for ski poles and to mark the
borders of roads buried under snow. Larger culms are used
by makers of fishing rods and furniture. Two-thirds of the
bamboo China produces is used to make furniture and building
supplies, and as reinforcement rods in concrete and heavy
Natural, elegant and beautiful, bamboo flooring is becoming
all the rage. Bamboo's intrinsic strength and stability
make it ideal for flooring, and its pricing is competitive
with that of domestic hardwoods. Bamboo floors are also
easy to care for, no additional steps to maintain bamboo
flooring is required.
Bamboo can be used for making different kinds of paper --
from heavy brown to fine-coated printing stock. As the world
work towards a "paperless future", bamboo currently
is one of the better alternatives to save the hardwood forest.
The modern paper industry has expanded to such an extent
that 2.2 million tons of bamboo are used in India for this
Bamboo's role in the construction field is substantial,
with hundreds of millions of people living in houses made
from bamboo. In Bangladesh, 73 percent of the population
lives in bamboo houses.
When put in refrigerators and drawers, bamboo charcoal absorbs
odor and hazardous substances in air. Placed in vegetable
section of fridge, and it will absorb ethylene gas and keep
vegetables and fruits fresh. Also, the charcoal keeps your
clothes and shoes dry and comfortable.
Young bamboo shoots are highly prized in Japan and Taiwan
for their delicate flavor and texture and are an important
seasonal dish in Japanese cuisine. Bamboo shoots are a source
of carbohydrate, vegetable fat, protein and vitamin B, which
improves blood circulation.
Although wood charcoal makes a good fuel, bamboo charcoal
is almost three times as porous as wood and bamboo charcoal
contains a large amount of minerals, such as iron, manganese
and potassium. Bamboo has a high calorific power, and its
smoke produces little odor because it has many minerals
and few impurities. It produces more than 7,000 kilocalories
per kilogram, more than wood and half that of raw petroleum,
making it a much more effective fuel.
Garden and Aquarium
Bamboo charcoal releases natural minerals into water, keeping
your flowers and fish healthy. Also, the charcoal purifies
water, saving your time to take care of your aquarium. After
using charcoal, break it into pieces and sprinkle on your
garden or blend into soil. Plants will grow faster and stronger.
In fact, bamboo burns so well that in 1882 Thomas Edison
discovered that the carbonized bamboo made an ideal filament
for his first electric light bulb.