You may have seen activated charcoal being used in facial cleansers and body soaps and wondered if it is as good as people say. Well, the truth is that there isn't enough evidence to support the anti-aging and exfoliating claims that are often made about this ingredient. What's more, producing activated charcoal can have serious negative consequences for the environment.
Charcoal is a carbon residue that results from the slow heating of high-carbon-content materials like wood and coconut shells. It is lightweight, portable, and easy to store and maintain.
Activated charcoal is typically made from wood in areas with a tropical climate. Charcoal production causes deforestation and forest deterioration. In addition, the emissions of greenhouse gases produced by charcoal manufacturing in these tropical locations are causing significant environmental issues. Furthermore, the people involved in the production of activated charcoal are exposed to social and public health risks.
Charcoal is non-toxic and safe for people to use, yet it is harmful to the environment and those who create it. We always choose better choices for our consumers, the environment, and society at &Better, even if it costs more. We use pumice sand and bentonite clay as a better alternative to charcoal. You may learn more about our products and ingredients on our website.