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The Carbon Footprint of Charcoal

Trees and other plant materials use the sun’s energy to take carbon dioxide or CO2 from the air and turn it into wood. When wood is turned into fuel such as charcoal, the CO2 originally absorbed by the tree is released again into the atmosphere. Trees use the energy from the sun to take CO2 from the air and turn it into wood. When wood is converted into fuel such as logs and charcoal, the CO2 originally absorbed by the tree is released again into the atmosphere. The carbon dioxide that is released from burning wood is the same amount that was absorbed from the atmosphere during the growth of the trees. All life on Earth is carbon-based. Activated charcoal is the most common gaseous filtration medium; it is highly porous and is used for a variety of ways to remove contaminants from the air we breathe.


Activated carbon works by adsorbing gases onto the surface of its pore structure. Charcoal is used in filters and air masks because it’s so porous. There are many available carbons and specialty carbon blends to choose from when selecting your odor elimination solutions. There are more than 100 carbon absorption media including: bamboo, zeolite, coconut shell, coal pellets, and several others. The raw material used has a very large influence on the characteristics and performance of the activated carbon.

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