Follow the latest news and research studies about zeolite.

Agriculture & Our Environment

Of all the air pollutants, the agricultural industry is the most “Ideally positioned to fight climate change,” and here is how. Check out this very informative illustration of how interconnected agricultural practices are to our environment.

Study Shows Ammonia Reduction with Zeolite

An on-farm study was conducted to record the effect of adding natural zeolite to compost in Southern Idaho with 100 Jersey cows. Complete manure and compost nutrient lab analyses were performed.

These results demonstrate that the addition of natural zeolites has a positive effect on reducing ammonia emissions during the composting process and increasing the conversion to nitrates, retaining nitrogen in the compost in a form that is more available to crops.

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What do the experts tell us about how composting works? What can and can not be composted? Composting is a very powerful and complex natural process.

Under ideal conditions organic matter is broken down through the help of microorganisms, bacteria, temperature and moisture, read this article find out more about how it works. Zeolite is a powerful composting ingredient, harboring microbial life,  maintaining a balanced pH and storing plant-accessible nutrients.

Stormwater Pollution

Stormwater management is a very recent term based on regulations passed in the 1990’s. American businesses such as scrap metal yards, gas stations & even car washes must comply with runoff water regulations, and must find innovative and cost effective ways to remove high PPM counts of harmful heavy metals such as lead, mercury, zinc, copper, cadmium, thallium and others; as well as fuel-based contaminants such as ammonium.

A recent court case in Oregon has resulted in new special protections for contaminated rivers and will now require more than 800 industrial sites such as lumber yards, scrap metal yards and truck depots to report their stormwater pollution four times per year instead of once.

Even now the recent Carr fires in Northern California are threatening the Sacramento River watershed.

Zeolite has been a proven heavy metal sequestration media for many years, and has been identified as a powerful filtration tool in the real world. In laboratory research, clinoptilolite has been shown to have a high absorption capacity, able to trap and adsorb harmful metals.

Another School Board Approves Clinoptilolite Zeolite

In another victory for clinoptilolite zeolite, the school board has approved artificial turf installations for Einstein High & Julius West Middle schools. The fields of both of these schools were in disrepair, years of use had left them unusable, and they had long awaited a replacement.

MCPS of Maryland has announced that clinoptilolite zeolite is in fact safe, and is currently already in place in many other schools, including some in Maryland.

Clinoptilolite zeolite has been shown to reduce turf surface tempurature by up to 30 degrees, and has can drastically reduce exposure to VOC’s and other carcenogens found in the alternative, crumb rubber. Go here to learn more about the benefits of clinoptilolite zeolite as an infill.

Natural Zeolite to Reduce Nitrate Leaching in Dairy

It has been known for many years that adding natural zeolite to the diet of a cow will improve its health, reduce toxins and optimize nutrient intake. But new research has shown that the benefits may not end there. Researchers in New Zealand are looking into the positive environmental impact of feeding zeolite to cows.

Nitrogen in the form of ammonia is created when a cow eats, during the digestive process this builds up and is passed on.  Leaching of these excess nitrates from dairy centers has been a growing issue all over the world. By adding zeolite to the feed, this free ammonium and nitrogen could be bonded and sequestered, reducing the amount that leaches into the water table.

Increasing Blooms From Nutrient Runoff Threaten Ecosystems

Dangerous levels of nitrogen and phosphorus are compounding in Lake Erie causing runaway algae blooms that are threatening wildlife. For the second time this lake has dying. An over abundance of phosphorous and nitrogen from fertilizers and sewage, feed the blue green algae and bacteria which in turn produce toxins that can harm animals as well as people. The primary source of these excess nutrients today is agricultural runoff.

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Filtering Out Carcinogens From Flavoring

According to the recent American Chemical Society national meeting clinoptilolite zeolite has been used successfully to filter out carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in smoke by as much as 93% while maintaining the flavors.

The zeolite reduced the levels of benzo[a]pyrene, a type of PAH that the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies as a known human carcinogen, by 93%. Concentrations of several other PAHs also dropped, many by more than 70%

According to the authors of the study, the filtering process actually improves the flavor.

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Sorption in Everyday Life

This short video demonstrates the difference between adsorption and absorption, and how ‘sorption operates in everyday life, including hard water build-up on plumbing, and fertilizer in soil.

The Cation Exchange Process

This animated video showcases the cation exchange process very nicely. Read more