Eco-Friendly Darkroom - Raising Awareness

December 02, 2016  •  3 Comments

ECO-FRIENDLY DARKROOM CHEMICALS

I am trying to become more eco-friendly in my darkroom processes and I know that a lot of other darkroom photographers would like to do the same. 

I created the video below to give you some ideas and to raise awareness.  Small improvements over time have a big impact.  

You may want to also read my article on how to make eco-friendly black and white developers.  

I share exclusive articles and information like this with my newsletter subscribers.

In the section below the video, I included the information that is available from Freestyle about their Eco-Pro chemicals.  I showed some of these products in the video.  To be clear, I have no affiliation with Freestyle or any organization regarding eco-friendly products. 

You can view the complete list of darkroom video workshops on my main workshops page.

"Eco-Pro chemicals are the safest and least toxic photo processing chemicals available to purchase.  Unlike other brands which claim to be eco-friendly, Eco-Pro liquid concentrate chemicals are COMPLETELY FREE of known carcinogens and mutagens, Metol, Hydroquinone, borates, phosphates, non-biodegradable organic compounds EDTA and DTPA, acetic acid, perfume, and dye.

Eco-Pro chemicals have been engineered from the ground up to provide the highest quality image tone and archival characteristics. Eco-Pro chemicals are comparable in speed and tray life to most lines of photochemistry but have a much higher chemical content allowing greater capacity.

Washing speeds are up to 50% faster when the system is deployed to its full potential. By using Eco-Pro pH, Neutral Fixer with a plain water bath instead of a chemical stop bath, film and paper is never exposed to an acid environment, making it much faster to rinse and wash to an archival standard.

-Tim Layton

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Tim Layton
B&W Fine Art Analog Photography
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Comments

3.Jim(non-registered)
I'm wondering why you didn't recommend the Eco Friendly film developers? Besides the one mentioned above Freestyle lists one that is similar to HC-110. I would like to start developing my own film but don't know anything about the differences btwn XTOL and HC-110. Your opinions on these two products would be helpful.
2.Jim(non-registered)
I currently use R5 monobath to develop my film because it's so easy. I know very little about the different developer formulations. The other Jim (above) mentions a Eco Friendly formulation similar to XTOL. Your video doesn't mention that or the Eco Friendly film developer which is supposed to be like HC-110. Why didn't you recommend the Eco Friendly film developer?
1.Jim(non-registered)
I can vouch for EcoPro Ascorbic Acid Powder B&W developer. Virtually identically results to Kodak XTOL, but less toxicity (and less money!).

I currently use TF5 fixer, but am looking to switch to EcoPro Neutral.
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