Improving Supermarket Charcoal

Summer is in full swing – time to enjoy the outdoors with food cooked on the barbecue! For such a popular activity it’s surprising we don’t often know where the charcoal used to heat barbecues comes from, especially since the origin is not always stated on the bag. This is an issue because 90%¹ of global supply is produced in tropical areas which have links to deforestation and the exploitation of the workers. TFT has discovered a way to find out where charcoal comes from, to help transform the industry.

By measuring the density of charcoal, we are able to confirm if it’s from a tropical forest. We can even identify the species of tree used to make it. We used this methodology to analyse the origin of charcoal bought from leading French supermarkets.

Watch our video to find out more.

¹Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)