This charcoal stick is honestly magical! It's the perfect natural way to filter your water and when it's finished it can go in your compost! Not only that, one stick lasts 6 MONTHS!
It may seem a little strange to purify your water with charcoal but Binchotan is an active carbon made from tree branches and is renowned for its ability to soften water, add good minerals and absorb unwanted tastes and odours, such as chlorine.
BUT THEY ARE WRAPPED IN PLASTIC?
These stick do come wrapped in plastic which I'm hoping will change in the future but for now due to certain standards that have to be passed they will be in an airtight plastic wrap. There are a lot of reasons why I choose to stock these;
- I currently use Brita filters that are wrapped in plastic and the body of the filter is also plastic. These can be sent back to Brita but you still have the plastic waste of the wrapper and the filter itself is still made of plastic so one day it will end up in landfill // The charcoal filters can be put in your compost when you're done!
- Normal water filters like Brita ones only last for a month so you are changing these a lot whereas these charcoal sticks last for 6 months.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Your charcoal stick arrives ready to use so you can simply fill your bottle/carafe with drinking tap ater and wait for the charcoal to filter impurities. It's best to leave it overnight, but you will taste the difference after just one hour; this is why I like to have a large glass water holder that I can keep topped up so it's ready to dink whenever!
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
With time, you will notice a decrease in the filter’s effectiveness on the water taste but don't worry there is a simple fix! Just boil your charcoal stick for ten minutes to wash out the impurities and free the charcoal up to absorb some more.
Some people have more sensitive taste buds than others so if you notice the decline in taste before 3 months has passed, then it is absolutely fine to boil it at that stage too. Giving it a total life span of six months, as long as it delivers the desired effect, it means it is working!
It still works just the same! Due to the fact that the stick is an organic element, it is possible that the charcoal breaks (inside the vacuumed pack). The broken charcoal will still perform its job perfectly well, and will filter your water the same way the long stick would have done. If it becomes to be unlocked, you are still able to drink from your bottle. There is a little curve at the top of the bottle which prevents the charcoal from falling out while you are drinking if the charcoal has unlocked itself or split into pieces.
HOW IS IT MADE?
Sustainably sourced wood is placed in a kiln and charred at a relatively low temperature for some time, then, near the end of the process, the kiln temperature is raised to about 1000 degree Celsius to make the wood red-hot.
The charcoal is then removed and quickly covered with a special powder made from earth, sand and ash, and this gives the charcoal surface a whitish hue (explaining the name 'white charcoal'). The rapid rise in temperature, followed by a rapid cooling, incinerates the bark and leaves a smooth, hard surface. If you strike it, you'll hear a clear, metallic sound.
Binchotan Charcoal Water Filter x1 - Black + Blum
WHY I LOVE THIS
Ever since I found out about all of the chemicals in tap water I have filtered my water before drinking.
I currently use Brita filters that are wrapped in plastic and the body of the filter is also plastic. These can be sent back to Brita but you still have the plastic waste of the wrapper and the filter itself is still made of plastic so one day it will end up in landfill. Not only that they only last 1 month!
So by switching to charcoal filters that can be put in your compost when you're done means that a lot of plastic waste is saved, and it's a natural purifier!