As you may have heard, indoor air can be much worse for us than outdoor air. It contains a greater amount of toxins and chemicals that are harmful to our health.
We all spend a good deal of time in our homes (even if we are out of the house a lot – we still sleep there!). This can be problematic if the air quality is poor.
One simple way to improve air quality is to add plants. Lots of them.
But, once you've done that, you may wish to take further steps to improve the air in your home. If so, you might want to consider bamboo charcoal!
What is Bamboo Charcoal?
Bamboo charcoal is made from bamboo that is cut (don’t worry, it grows back!) then dried for a number of weeks. The dried bamboo is then treated in a very hot kiln for two weeks, the result is bamboo charcoal.
While in the kiln, the bamboo charcoal develops millions of tiny, porous holes.The holes are what give the charcoal their absorption power. It’s through them that the charcoal absorbs moisture, odors, impurities in the air such as chemicals, allergens, and other harmful pollutants.
You can buy bamboo charcoal in bags of all sizes, from companies such as Moso Bamboo.
I recently purchased this set:
I love that you can even get little ones to put inside shoes or gym bags!
Moso Bamboo explains how this works:
“Bamboo charcoal has been scientifically proven to reduce harmful chemicals including formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene and chloroform gases emitted from such items as paint, carpeting, air fresheners, chemical cleaners, rubber, and plastic.”
These bags last up to two years.
After that, they can be cut open and used as a fertilizer in the garden.
Besides cleaning the air, bamboo charcoal is great for keeping mold and mildew at bay. It's a good idea to keep some in areas that could become damp so the charcoal can absorb the excess moisture.
Have you tried using bamboo charcoal? What do you think about it?
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