Spotted recently: kitchen and bath towels from Japan featuring the antibacterial properties of binchotan charcoal. The most common use of binchotan, which is charred Japanese oak, is to purify water. (See The Binchotan Boom: 10 Ways to Use Charcoal at Home.) But Japanese brand Nawrap has begun making towels with binchotan charcoal infused into the fibers, so they’re naturally resistant to bacterial growth—which, according to the company, means hardworking, often damp kitchen and bath towels will stay smelling fresh for far longer than they otherwise would.
Photography courtesy of Nawrap.
Nawrap has been manufacturing cloth (originally mosquito nets) since the 1930s, and offers a full line of kitchen and bath towels with and without charcoal infused.
But know that the dryer will not affect the cloths’ absorbency or antibacterial traits, Nawrap says. “The charcoal is permanently infused into the fiber, so you don’t have to worry about it dissipating.”
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