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Green Tailors was launched in 2019 by three friends - Fernando, Francisco and Nuno - with a common goal. From our headquarters in Portugal, we started slowly but stubbornly committed to having an active voice in raising awareness and shaping the discussion around the negative impacts of climate change. We were appalled by what was going on in the world. How this affected the environment and resources, and the negative impact that It had on our people, on our communities. More than talking about the issue, we had the urge to have a direct contribution in shaping a more conscious, aware, healthy and empathic world. A place where humans and nature can coexist in a balanced way. Where people can have a more grounded and healthy lifestyle. We had a strong call to act. And Green Tailors came to life.

Green Tailors is more than a sustainable personal products brand. It is a movement of mindful human beings that aim to empower people to save our planet by introducing simple minor changes to everyday habits. We aim to be part of the solution to the challenges our planet currently faces. How? By raising awareness and by offering sustainable, high quality, affordable, everyday alternatives to "mainstream" personal care products. We offer true, honest and green alternatives that are accessible to everyone. Solutions that are available anytime and anywhere. Delivered to your doorstep. We are the "go-to" brand where people and businesses can find every day sustainable essentials without effort. We are part of a growing collective of people that know that we don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions doing it imperfectly.

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About Our Ingredients: Activated Charcoal

Known for: Cleansing, Purifying, Oil Control

Can be found in: Dental Floss, Shampoo Bar Oily Hair, Charcoal and Pine Soap Bar

Ever wondered what exactly is activated charcoal, where it comes from, and what it is used for? Then you’ve come to the right place. Read on!

Charcoal is (literally) as old as fire;Activated Charcoal, also known as Active Carbon, is a bit of a more recent discovery that has been changing not only the medical world but also the cosmetics, skincare and oral care worlds. 

Charcoal is essentially the carbon residue resulting from heating materials with a high carbon content, such as wood or plants. Due to being lightweight, portable and burning at reliable temperature for a long time, it has been used as fuel for centuries. However, in the history of mankind, someone, somewhere, realisedcharcoal could be used as a “filter” to clean impurities in water. 

Fast forward some centuries, now in the 1800s,charcoal is being used by doctors to treat some kind of poisonings, namely food poisoning. One more century goes by, and scientists discover that producingcharcoal at much higher temperatures creates a kind ofcharcoal that is much more porous, more effective in filtering material and more adsorbent than the regularcharcoal. This was the birth of what we now know asActivated Charcoal, or Active Carbon.

HowActivated Charcoal is created

Activated Charcoal is produced from extremely carbon-rich source materials like bamboo, coconut shells or wood. These source materials are heated at extremely high temperatures, in a controlled environment, in processes called pyrolysis or carbonisation. The product is a more porous, finercharcoal that has greater effective filtering and adsorbent characteristics.

The Activated Carbon is then ground to a fine powder that will be incorporated in various medications, cosmetic products, and skin care and oral care products. 

 

The medical and cosmetic uses ofActivated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal is currently used to treat overdoses and poisonings following oral ingestion of drugs or poisons. This is becauseActivated Charcoal is a very effective adsorbent of certain toxins – that is, the toxins adhere to the porosity of the carbon particles – and sinceActivated Charcoal is not digested, it “traps” the toxins, not allowing them to be digested themselves, nor to spread to the blood stream.

In 2014,Activated Charcoal rose to fame as an ingredient for skincare and oral care products. What threwActivated Charcoal to the spotlight was the realisation of its potential of reaching a bit deeper into the skin pores and being able to clean skin oils more effectively than other ingredients, thus making it a preferred product to use in shampoos for oily hair, and oil-control skincare. At the same time, because of its properties as an exfoliator, orabrasive, it is widely used in products as face scrubs and toothpastes, instead of the infamous microplastics.

 

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https://web.archive.org/web/20180724183931/https://www.matec-conferences.org/articles/matecconf/pdf/2016/41/matecconf_icongdm2016_01097.pdf
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322609#possible-uses
https://www.drugs.com/monograph/charcoal-activated.html
https://www.popsci.com/story/health/activated-charcoal-beauty-skin-care/
https://labmuffin.com/fact-check-how-does-activated-charcoal-work-in-skincare/