produces charcoal briquette air fresheners
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
The members of the Almeria Seafarers Cooperative of Almeria, Biliran,
is now producing charcoal briquette air fresheners, thanks to the SET
UP program of the Department of Science and Technology.
DOST-Region 8 Director
Edgardo Esperancilla approved late last year, the establishment of
charcoal briquetting facility using abandoned biomass as raw
materials. The project involved the acquisition of charcoal
briquetting facility that utilizes bio-mass waste in charcoal
production. The project utilizes a combination of DENR-ERB and DOST-FPRDI
Charcoal is a good air
and water filter in addition to its common use as alternative fuel for
domestic use, and its many industrial uses.
The Almeria Seafarers
Multi-purpose Cooperative led by its manager Anita Corto, thought of
developing this small air-cleaning product made of charcoal briquette.
While common air
fresheners emits some harmful compounds into the air, this small
"thing" absorbs harmful and odor causing compounds from air making
them fresh again. This is therefore the true air-freshener in a sense.
environment friendly character is also reinforced by the fact that it
utilizes biomass wastes that are charred and powdered then compacted
using briquetting machine.
This year, the ASEMCO
started producing the charcoal briquette and the air-freshener when
commercial operation of the charcoal briquetting facility supported by
Department of Science and Technology through Small Enterprise
Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) started.
The air-freshener is a
small item that can be placed on top of tables or cabinets in rooms
where air need to be cleaned. This is useful in newly painted rooms or
in rooms sprayed by insect repellant. It could even be placed inside
the refrigerator to remove undesirable odors.
are compacted charcoal powder mixed with starch and molded under
pressure. Charcoal briquettes can be used in homes, restaurants, and
other industries and is an effective substitute to the ordinary wood
Use of charcoal
briquettes is cheaper than LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) and it is
also environment friendly since it emits lesser smoke compared to the