BTEXCO manufactures finished base layer garment with coconut shell charcoal fabrics.
Beta Textiles Co., Limited
Suite 618, Huafang International Plaza,
No.178, Chengbei Road, Zhangjiagang,
Jiangsu, China 215600
1. Coconut Shell Charcoal Production
Coconut is a tropical plant whose shell is of no great use except for use as daily necessaries or art crafts. The production of coconut shell charcoal by utilization of the waste is a proactive eco concept.
Activated carbon will be created by heating the coconut shell fiber up to a temperature of 1200-1600 °C with the application of water vapor as activator. With an apparent size of more than 0.18mm (around 80 mesh), such particle-shaped activated carbon is also used in the purification of water and air.
2. Use of Coconut Shell Charcoal
Though the production of coconut shell activated carbon is costly, in addition to use in the purification of waste water from industrial activities and daily life, it is also used in the purification of tap water and other drinking water and also in the creation of purified water.
It is also recently being used in textile products,
Coconut shell charcoal absorbs odor through its surface. The surface area of 1 gram of coconut shell charcoal amounts to around 900-2000 m2 equivalent to the area of 4 basket ball courts. Such numerous micro pores will form a mechanism to absorb odor, stink and other toxic substance.
The finer the coconut charcoal particles are, the more pores the coconut shell charcoal will contain. The absorption of odor by coconut shell charcoal will not be reduced after grinding. This is why fine particles of coconut shell charcoal (normally submicron particles) provides extremely strong odor absorption.
4.Release of Anion
Both graphite structure (SP2) and diamond structure (SP3) exist in coconut shell charcoal. When friction with air is activated, electrons will be released into air (oxygen molecule). The positive charge thus released will create anion when the positive charge is being grounded via the conductive graphite structure. Anion provides microbe inhibition by nature.
5. Odor decomposition
Odor molecules will not be decomposed until and unless anions are created. This is why odor cannot be decomposed with activated carbon only.
Anions, as highly active oxygen molecule, will interact easily with odor molecules to result in oxygenation (combustion) whereby odor molecules are decomposed.
Coconut shell charcoal polyester normally contain 650 anions per cm3.
7.Dodorization compared with bamboo charcoal
Activated coconut shell charcoal provides better deodorization since its surface area is much greater than bamboo charcoal.
As activated coconut shell charcoal is made of coconut shell waste, it is widely accepted in North America and Europe as an ECO product.
8.Release of Far Infrared Ray
Release of FIR results in the oscillatory motion of particular molecules stimulated by heat. Any structure has a resonant oscillation frequency, i.e. frequencies at which the response amplitude is a relative maximum.
The diamond structure in coconut shell charcoal will create oscillatory motions when stimulated by heat. As its resonant oscillation frequency is precisely within the range of FIR( with a wave length of more than 4 micrometer), coconut shell charcoal will create the same effect of FIR when heated. The FIR emissivity of coconut shell charcoal polyester is normally more than 0.9.
9.Advantages of coconut shell charcoal fabrics
With coconut shell charcoal particles inside the fiber, fabrics made of coconut shell charcoal polyester will maintain its activity even after its use in finished garment. The coconut shell charcoal in the fiber will form a micro porous and moisture conductive surface to provide moisture management, dry and deodorization functions.