Darkroom Digest: Exploring Eco-Friendly Darkroom Chemicals
Using environmentally friendly solutions, darkroom photography included, is important to me.
It has been a long journey to get to the point of having a fully functioning darkroom off the grid. I tend to take things in steps. As the first step, I decided to use the Eco-Pro chemicals for my black and white darkroom photography because they are completely free of known carcinogens. I don't have any relationship with Freestyle or the makers of Eco-Pro. I am a user of their products, and I like to share good products when I find them.
My next phase will include me making my own eco-friendly D76 equivalent film developer. I will write an article about this and include all the details when I get to this point.
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OVERVIEW OF ECO-FRIENDLY DARKROOM CHEMICALS
In the section below, I included the information that is available from Freestyle about the Eco-Pro chemicals.
"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.
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Hi Holly, thanks for the comment and question. For the eco-pro chems that I buy from Freestyle Photo, I have not found the shipping to be any different. I am located in the USA, so not sure where you are located. You can search on the Freestyle website and check out their shipping via this link - http://www.freestylephoto.biz/search?q=eco+pro Stay in touch and keep me posted on your off grid darkroom. Tim
Very glad to read this, as I am following in your footsteps in building a darkroom which will be at least largely off the grid. I have a rural property on a river, so water will be conserved, and exhausted solutions evaporated and tubbed to the Haz Waste facility. These chemicals will really help. But isn't the shipping of liquid chemicals very expensive?
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