I Thought Charcoal was for Grillin Burgers?

Our Facebook fan, Mary recently asked us….


Our Facebook Fan Asks Why The Charcoal – lil Helper Answers!


Why We Love Charcoal Bamboo Fabric…

Close-Up of Bamboo Charcoal Liner
A lil on How It’s Made

Charcoal bamboo is 100% organic, burned inside an oven at temperatures over 1000°C (1800&#176F).

This process creates a nanoparticle bamboo charcoal powder, which is then spun into organic bamboo fabric. 1 nanometer is 1 billionth of a meter.

Just 1 gram of this powder has a surface area about 1 tenth the size of a football field, giving it outstanding absorption properties.

The powder acts much like carbon in a filtration system, where activated particles bind to organic waste and help remove it. Means your diapers will be that much cleaner thanks to the bamboo charcoal.

The same powder is used in environmental applications for drinking water filtration, air purification, and spill cleanup.

Bamboo Charcoal is:

• Hypoallergenic
• Naturally deodorizing
• Anti-bacterial
• Dark color doesn’t show stains

A lil More on Why Bamboo…


How does it compare to typical organic bamboo or organic cotton fibers?

Because the powder is spun into organic fabric to produce this textile, it retains much of the original benefits of the original fabric, but gains the above added properties as well. So it outperforms in terms of absorbency, hypoallergenicity, and deodorization – plus anti-bacterial properties. AND it’s still organic!

Why not cotton or other fabrics?

The bamboo raw material used in our fabric is natural growth, without use of chemical pesticides, indicating it’s organic. In addition, Oko-Tex standard 100 sets strict standards for the amount of harmful substances contained in textiles, which is what our bamboo products adhere to.

Compared to fields of cotton or stands of trees, there are a lot of environmental advantages to using bamboo.

Bamboo is actually a grass!

First, bamboo grows very rapidly, a few days or weeks harvest being equivalent to an entire season’s harvest of cotton. It does this with far less irrigation than that required for cotton, making it less of a drain on our resources.

In the case of trees, which when cut, take decades to regrow, the renewability is even more apparent. Bamboo stabilizes the earth through it’s roots much more so than cotton, preventing erosion, and produces 35% more oxygen than the same sized stand of trees.

Still don’t get the benefits of bamboo?

Our diapers possess the following spectacular qualities:

• All our diapers are AI2 (All In Two); meaning our diapers include the waterproof cover and absorbency all in one but unlike true AIO diapers they wash and dry more effectively saving you time and money• They are all One-Size, thus the same diaper will fit your munchkin from approx. 7-35lbs

• The outer layer is made from completely waterproof, yet breathable materials – no grandmas plastic pants here!

• Each diaper includes a waterproof shell and two detachable liners. The liners have 7 layers of absorbent cloth, that could soak up oil spills – absorbency in even our original diaper beats out any of the competition.

• The two detachable liners come in two sizes: big and small, and the small can be used individually together with the large depending on time of day or the temperament of your kiddo’s digestive tract – something no one else has

Our New Bamboo Cloth Diaper & Accessories Starter Kit

So are you gaga for bamboo like we are? You can check out all our bamboo cloth diapers on our website – don’t miss our new bamboo changing/mattress mats!
Feel free to share your questions about our products or business and we’ll answer them right here for you!


9 thoughts on “I Thought Charcoal was for Grillin Burgers?

  1. My daughter told me she was going to use cloth diapers for her son being born in April, I thought she was crazy. After learning about them, I see that they are so much better than what we used in the 80’s.

  2. If the charcoal bamboo is a powder spun into the fabric, does it eventually wash out of the fabric? If so, what is the approximate washes a diaper can go through before it loses the benefits of the charcoal bamboo?

    1. Hi Jamie
      The powder doesn’t wash from the fabric. The charcoal is embedded inside the yarn and becomes part of it. You may want to “generate” the charcoal every once and a while by putting it in the sun (nice to do some outdoor air-drying whenever possible anyway, right?).

  3. Hey there! Do you need to strip these every so often like regular microfiber? I usually use a tad bit of bleach to do it and am wondering if I need to keep them separated. Thanks!

    1. Not everyone needs to “strip” the diapers or inserts. A lot depends on how you prep and wash the diapers. We have some information on our site about prepping and washing here.

      Detergent build up often happens when the detergent is not completely washed out from the diapers. This will affect the absorbency. This mainly happens if you use more than the recommended detergent or there is not enough water during the washing. The good news is that all of this is curable.

      In order to get rid of excess detergent build up on the liners (not the diaper covers) you need to wash them in hot water (60 C) at least 3 times *without any detergent.*

      Please use the maximum water possible.

      If you have HE washer that doesn’t put in loads of water on its own, then use a wet towel to trick the machine into thinking there are more clothes.

      Check to see if you are using any kind of fabric softener or fabric softener sheets during or after washing the diapers. Read the labeling on your detergent to check if there is any kind of fabric softener, if there is you should not using it.

      Rather than resort to bleach, try another method for “stripping”. Some of our customers have recommended products from The Laundry Tarts.

  4. I am somewhat leery of nanoparticles in general in body care products having heard some concerns over things like nanoparticulate zinc in sunscreen. What can you tell me about the safety of using nano-charcoal against baby’s skin?

    1. Hi Gina

      Thanks for your question. I’m afraid we can’t speak about nano-charcoal against a baby’s skin because the powder is not nano, anymore than the technology used to produce it is nano. It’s a popular misconception.

      All too often the term “nano” has been misused to mean simply “small” or “microscopic”. Nano is a specific unit measurement, just as “inch” or “millimetre” is. 1 nanometer is 0.000000001 of a metre, which is one-billionth of a metre.

      For a quick chart on units of measurement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nano-

      When the bamboo is burned to produce charcoal, minuscule grains are produced but the grain itself is nowhere near ‘nano’ scale. Bamboo charcoal powder is macroscopic: that means it can be seen without the aid of a microscope. Other items included in this range: dust and sand, baby powder.

      What is ‘nano’ though are pores (or openings) produced in the grains, and it is these irregular surfaces that increase the surface area of the particles by such a large amount, and give it the properties it has.

      In other words: the bamboo charcoal particles being ‘nano’ in overall size is a misnomer, at most they are a fraction of a millimeter and are visible with the naked eye. It is the irregular features within them (the holes) which are ‘nano’. Having something that large pass through the pores of our skin is not physically possible.
      Now having said all this, we wish to remind you that the bamboo charcoal powder is not free-flowing in the material, it is spun into a fiber and woven into the fabric.

      Hope this helps.

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