The Height of Eco-Friendly Grilling
When you’re talking about things that are eco-friendly, grilling doesn’t usually come to mind. There have been plenty of media reports about how bad grilling is for the environment. There have even been reports about which types of grilling are better or worse for the environment.
Studies in Favor of Charcoal for Eco-friendly Grilling
Early indications made it seem like gas grilling was the more eco-friendly option, but more recent studies show that charcoal is the better option when looking at the big picture. The latest study that is beginning to turn grilling on its head is the one conducted by the energy department at its Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is located in Tennessee.
The study showed that yes, a propane grill does emit about 5 and a half pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, while a charcoal grill emits 11 pounds. Carbon dioxide is damaging to the earth’s atmosphere, so on the surface, it does seem like propane is the better option.
However, charcoal is made from wood, which is a renewable resource, unlike propane, which is a gas that is rapidly running out. The wood used to make charcoal comes from scraps that would otherwise be thrown away, so it creates a use for something that would otherwise be thrown away. And when new trees are planted to replace the trees that were cut down and sent to the saw mills, they absorb some of the carbon dioxide that is emitted into the air due to grilling and other human activities.
The Best Option in Eco-friendly Grilling
Of course one of the reasons it was previously thought that charcoal was environmentally damaging was because of the number of chemicals that can be involved in getting fires to start using charcoal. Some of them have coal dust added in, and often grillers douse them with lighter fluid to get a fire to start. But thanks to the latest advancements in eco-friendly grilling, there is now a charcoal option that doesn’t involve the use of chemicals.
Charcos coconut charcoal does not require that any trees be cut down, so the manufacture of this particular product is far more eco-friendly than any other type of grilling product. The trees that grow the coconuts are constantly absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, so there is never a time when they have been cut down and aren’t doing their job. Instead this charcoal is made using the coconuts themselves, so you have an entirely renewable and sustainable resource being used.
How Coconut Charcoal Works
Coconut charcoal is made from the shells and husks of coconuts. The material created from these shells and husks can be shaped into almost anything. When coconut charcoal burns, it creates a very unusual smoke that adds a sweet, mild flavor to food.
The best thing about Charcos and other coconut shell charcoal is the fact that you don’t need to pour a bunch of chemicals on it to start a fire. In fact, you often just need a special chimney that is designed to get the fire started naturally without the use of chemicals. This type of charcoal also burns much more evenly than ordinary charcoal, so it is much easier to handle.
There is no better, more eco-friendly way to grill your food than with coconut charcoal. It comes from a renewable, sustainable resource that churns out coconuts year-round in some parts of the world. Every little bit makes a difference when you’re talking about the future of our planet, and the only way we are going to protect it is by making small changes like those involved in switching to truly eco-friendly grilling.