Banning of Plastic Microbeads for Cosmetic Exfoliants

August 15th, 2018

Plastic microbeads can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK, after a long-promised ban came into effect in January. The ban initially bars the manufacture of such products and a ban on sales will follow in July.


Thousands of tonnes of plastic microbeads from products such as exfoliating face scrubs and toothpastes wash into the sea every year, where they harm wildlife and can ultimately be eaten by people. The UK government first pledged to ban plastic microbeads in September 2016, following a US ban in 2015.


Pumice Grains and Powders are natural microbead replacement. These products are used in a variety of exfoliating and cleaning products, shower and body gels, facial and foot scrubs, heavy duty hand cleaners etc. Our Pumice is naturally occurring product neutral in pH, chemically inert, hard enough to exfoliate yet soft enough to not damage skin. Pumice-based scrubs and soaps exfoliate in a gentle with the microscopic surfaces of the pumice doing the hard work.


Ban Plastic Microbead


For more information please click on one of the following links: Pumice Microbead Replacement, Contact Us





Techfil Europe – Pumice Filtration Media Range

August 6th, 2018


Pumice Filtration Media has been used worldwide for many years in the treatment of seawater, Potable Water and Wastewater. Pumice is a very versatile filtration media and is widely used in applications ranging from desalination/desalinization filtration, seawater reverse osmosis treatments SWRO (pre-filtration for MF, UF, NF and RO membranes) and potable water filtration.


The advantages of using pumice filtration media over conventional granular filter media are:

Reduced pressure loss through the filter; the unique nature of pumice allows increased solids retention capacity, higher particulate loadings and therefore much increased filter run times without a deterioration in filtrate quality.


Reduced headloss; this filtration in depth avoids the build up of particulates within the top section of the filter bed reducing headloss across the filter.


Reduced backwash rates; pumices lightweight nature (approximately 400kg per cubic metre) means lower backwash rates are needed to fully expand the filter bed. This generates substantial savings in the operating costs of the filtration plant as backwash consumption requirements are typically 30% lower than using traditional media.


Increased bed expansion; the lightweight nature of pumice filtration media gives increased bed expansion over traditional media using the same backwash rate. Again this generates substantial savings in energy and water usage, which equates to a reduction in pumping requirements and enables a downsizing of the filtration plant.


Can be used at elevated temperatures; pumice can be used at temperatures ranging from 0-40 degrees Celsius.


Can be used in saline or fresh water; pumice has been proven to work successfully in saline or fresh water conditions.


High filtrate quality; pumice filtration media is also used when extremely high quality filtrate is required and can remove suspended solids down to 10 microns.


For more information or if you would like to speak to one of our Process Engineers, please Contact Us


Food Grade Calcium Carbonate

July 25th, 2018


Choosing the most effective food grade calcium product in a formulation is a critical decision.  Food grade calcium carbonate has the highest concentration of elemental calcium — 40% by weight. Many studies have shown that calcium from calcium carbonate in food is readily absorbed by the body. Calcium carbonate is more economical to use and the food additive provides the nutritional Properties required by formulators.  Typical food grade calcium carbonate applications include:



- Breakfast Cereal

- Nutritional Bars

- Baked Foods

- Biscuits and Crackers

- Soups and Sauces

- Food Processing




The food grade calcium carbonate supplied by Techfil is a naturally mined, ultra-pure form with typical assays greater than 99% – to meet demanding industry standards, and more specifically, your own high purity standards.  Our food grade calcium carbonate grades meet the requirements specified by the EP, BP & Food Chemical Codex 4th Edition.  In addition we have E170 approval and the plant has FSSC22000 certification. Techfil are proud to be a leading supplier of food grade calcium carbonate and will be pleased to assist in providing samples of our food grade calcium carbonate products.



For more information please click on one of the following links; Technical Specification, Contact Us


Techfil Recycled Filtration Glass Media

July 19th, 2018


Due to the high demand for recycled materials, Techfil Europe has increased production for Recycled Crushed Glass specified for drinking water and swimming pool filtration. Our media has been tested and approved by the Drinking Water Inspectorate under Reg31 portable water for human consumption. Not only is the Recycled Crushed Glass is cost effective and easy to install, it is more environmentally friendly and gives great results.


The 2 main grades available in our range are:


Medium  0.5– 1.0mm
Coarse 1.0 – 3.0mm


Please note we can produce specific grades to replace the current products you use if required.



For more information on the products or if you would like a free sample, please click on one of the following links: Contact Us, Technical Specification


Brown Fused Alumina ‘The Perfect Blast Media’

July 10th, 2018


Sandblasting is the common name of propelling abrasives grits onto work pieces like metal parts, wood, ceramic etc. to cut, polish and remove surfaces. This includes removing dust, scratch, corrosion, oxidation and forming shiny or certain surface preparation. Brown Fused Aluminium Oxide powder or grits are ideal material for sandblasting media. We produce grades from F10-F220(Macro) to F240-F1200 (Micro). These fine grades can also be used for precision polishing.


Advantages of Brown Fused Aluminium Oxide for Sandblasting


– Mohs hardness rating of 9

– High strength for cutting and polishing durably

– Heat resistant (more than 2200 Degrees Celcius) proof of high temperature

– Sharp edges ideal for removal of scratches, corrosion etc.

– Reusable material to decrease total cost



BFA Blasting





For more information please click on the following links; Technical Specification, Contact Us


Dental Pumice for Cleaner Teeth

June 29th, 2018

Pumice Powder is added to dental cleaning products where a gentle yet effective abrasive is require. Pumice is a product that originates from volcanic activity so is totally natural. Techfil have been supplying Pumice into the dental industry for many years and works closely with large distributors globally.


Techfil Dental


For more information please Contact Us


Pumice Koi Carp Filter Media

June 20th, 2018

Now a new season is upon us and Techfil are currently supplying increasing quantities of Pumice Koi Filter Media.


Koi Filter Media in modern times is regarded as one of the most popular and efficient filter media used in trickling filters and trickle towers. Pumice Koi filter Media is also cost effective and has a longer lifespan than most of its competitors, meaning the replacement of filter media is a lot less frequent.


Pumice Koi Filter Media is inert and rapidly colonises with beneficial bacteria which help cleanse the pollutants. It is highly porous making it the ideal media for biological filters of all kinds.


For more information please click on one of the following links: Koi Filter Media, Contact Us


Koi_Carp newsletter


Middle East SWRO Tender – Pumice Filtration Media

May 16th, 2018


Techfil (Europe) Ltd have been awarded the contract (April 18) for the supply of Pumice Filtration Media for a prestigious SWRO desalination plant  in the Middle East. The material was produced & shipped within the strict timeframe set by the client. Commissioning of the plant is scheduled for October 2018.


Calcium Food Suppliment produced by Techfil Europe

May 4th, 2018


Calcium is an essential mineral that can be found naturally in foods such as dairy products, soy milk, or as a dietary supplement like calcium carbonate or calcium citrate. Calcium Carbonate is a natural mineral, derived from the earth’s limestone, marble or sedimentation of crushed marine shells. Food grade calcium carbonate is usually added to many foods like ready-to-eat breakfast cereals and cereal bars, milk alternatives such as soy or almond milk, and some baked goods. Selecting foods fortified with Calcium Carbonate can help you reach your daily requirements for calcium. Techfil supply Food Grade Calcium Carbonate offering high purity and high whiteness.


Our Calcium Carbonate does not contain harmful heavy metals and meets international food safety tests including REGULATION (EU) N. 231/2012 (E 170). E170 Food grade calcium carbonate is mostly used as food additives, such as alkaline agent in food processing, nutritional supplements, dough regulator, curing agent, yeast nutrients, anti-caking agent, bulking agent, additives and modifiers of gum confection. Our products also can be added in calcium fortified food, gum confection, leavening agent, flour products, cereals, biscuits, dairy products, soft capsules and other products, and is an ideal raw material of organic calcium salt for high purity pharmaceutical grade calcium citrate, calcium lactate, calcium citrate-malate and calcium gluconate etc.


Calcitec Puro pH


For more information or a free sample please Contact Us



Lava Rock the preferred Odour Media for Anaerobic Digestion

April 26th, 2018


The challenge of disposal and processing the municipal gas wastes into the atmosphere from anaerobic digestion, which is a source of offensive odours and a problem to the local environment. Controlling the odours generated by landfill activities is a challenge facing the waste management industry today. Lava Rock Odour Control Media is becoming a popular choice to help with the off gasses. This is due to its key attributes including;



Low capital and installation costs

Low pressure drop during the life of the plant

Allows high bed depths and therefore small installation footprint

Low empty bed contact times

Good removal performance

Tolerance to variable and shock loads

Not seriously affected by extremes of temperature

Suitable for hydrogen sulphide and mercaptans alike

Equally suitable for industrial applications and VOC control

Mossel Bay Desanilisation Plant


Lava Rock Odour Control Media is rapidly replacing the traditional biomass support systems of peat/heather, wood chip and mussel shells. Not actively participating in the biological process pumice is not “consumed” in the manner of the alternatives and therefore has a much longer life (typically greater than 15 years). It does not compact and retains its original low pressure drop and hence low running costs.   For more information or if you require to speak to one of our Process Engineers,  please Contact Us

Created and Hosted by WYSIWYG Computers