Many of you may have been wondering why the sudden increase in “charcoal” products, especially among sleep products like pillows and mattresses. Did you ever have a fish tank when you were younger? Remember the little bag of black rocks in the filter system? Well, that was activated charcoal. It helped filter out the odors and impurities from the fish tank water, preventing your room smelling like a stinky fish tank and keeping the water clear for your fish.
The activated charcoal in sleep products works much the same way. The properties of charcoal allow it to absorb odors and impurities in the air. This works via chemical absorption. Adsorption is the adhesion of atoms, ions, and molecules from a gas, liquid, or dissolved solid to a surface. The pollutant molecule is trapped inside the pore structure of the charcoal, therefore removing it from the air.
The charcoal that is added to Sleepharmony Charcoal pillows comes from a process called physical reactivation from natural bamboo. This process starts when the source material, in our case bamboo, is carbonized and exposed to an oxidizing atmosphere at temperatures between 600-1200°c. Once our activated charcoal is created, it is then mixed with the memory foam to create a pillow that will stay fresh throughout its lifetime.
Adding charcoal to memory foam products can aide in odor control and offer antibacterial protection. Introducing charcoal to your household in this form may seem farfetched, but the use of charcoal has been around for hundreds of years and is considered the oldest means of water purification. Activated charcoal is know to have other uses as well, such as consuming it to cure indigestion and halt poisoning.
by Angela Chism