Not everyone can or wants to mix their own black and white film photography chemicals from scratch, so I set out on a mission to find some eco-friendly options that are readily available in commercial supply.
I have no affiliation with the recommendations I provide in this article other than being a customer.
It has been a long journey to get to the point of having a fully functioning darkroom off the grid and I had to take small steps to get things where they are today.
As an interim step, I decided to use the Eco-Pro chemicals for my black and white darkroom photography because they are completely free of known carcinogens.
Once again, I don't have any type of business 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.
OVERVIEW OF ECO-FRIENDLY COMMERCIAL DARKROOM CHEMICALS
In the section below, I included the information that is available from Freestyle about the Eco-Pro chemicals. You can review the information and determine if these chemicals meet your personal requirements.
"Eco-Pro chemicals are the safest and least toxic photo processing chemicals available to purchase. Unlike other brands that 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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There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet. Some are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance. DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format & Ultra Large Format Photographer. I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.
He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.
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