So what is ‘green chemistry’ anyway?

Simply put, ‘green chemistry’ is about designing effective formulas that don’t use or produce harmful substances. For The EcoChemist, this means harnessing the power of electrochemistry.

It’s a deceptively simple but incredibly clever technology that makes The EcoChemist range so unique.

Here’s why it’s awesome:

  • Electrochemistry passes an electric current through a solution to produce a naturally-occurring super disinfectant called hypochlorous acid (HOCL).
  • Creating HOCL using electrochemistry means the only by-products are salt and water.
  • We then use HOCL to create Anocide-STM, the power behind the range.

By using electrochemistry, we can produce a range of super effective products that are safer for people and tough on germs too.

How does it work?

Pathogens (more commonly known as germs) are inactivated by atomic oxygen (O) – a compound that forms when hypochlorous acid (HOCL) disassociates in electrolysed water. HOCL can be made in two ways:

  • Disassociation of calcium hypochlorite (a more conventional chemical process)
  • Electrolysis of a weak brine (what we mean when we talk about ‘electrochemistry’)

Hypochlorous acid from brine is what’s known as an ‘electro-chemical oxidation’. Because it’s created in electrolysed water, the electrical energy that passes through the solution helps the molecules divide into different components.

While the by-products of many conventional chemical processes can prove toxic or harmful to humans, electrochemistry only produces salt and water, making it a safer alternative overall.

Chemical Process – Calcium Hypochlorite

Electrochemical Process – Electrolysis of brine

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