Bamboo Charcoal Water Filters - EcoLiving

Bamboo Charcoal Water Filters - EcoLiving

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Bamboo charcoal water filters are a refreshingly simple & natural way of filtering tap water. Just leave it in a jug or bottle filled with tap water & it will slowly filter out impurities such as chlorine & chloramines for tastier, healthier water. A fantastic zero waste alternative to plastic water filters. The filters can be reused in many useful ways throughout your house & composted at the end of their life.

Minerals
An added benefit of using bamboo charcoal water filters is that it mineralises the water during initial usage by slowly releasing minerals such as potassium & magnesium back into the water.

How Bamboo Charcoal Works
Bamboo charcoal's incredible filtering ability comes from its super porous structure. Some may find it hard to believe but 1kg of high quality bamboo charcoal has a surface area equivalent of up to 3 tennis courts. It works like a sponge & absorbs impurities into its pores.

Reuse Your Bamboo Charcoal
After using the bamboo charcoal water filters for 2 months, don't throw it away! Charcoal also regulates moisture, reduces odours, inhibits mould & keeps food fresh. Give your charcoal a second life, for example:

Mouldy kitchen & bathroom corners.
Places you keep food (the fridge, breadbin, fruit bowl)
Smelly places (the fridge, loo, shoes)
Places you want to keep very dry (chests of drawers)

Make sure the pieces are completely dry before re-using. If you place them in a mild environment like chests of drawers, you can more or less use forever.
In tougher places like the bathroom or the fridge, the charcoal may start looking a bit tired after a few months. Occasionally put them out in the sun & let breathe if you want to keep them in good condition. Re-use for 6-12 months.

And finally...

When it's time to say good-bye to your bamboo charcoal you can return it to the earth by crushing & burying it in the garden, in pot plants or mix it with compost.

As if it hasn't worked hard enough, crushed bamboo charcoal will help aerate the soil & increase water retention, absorb excess moisture when it's wet & release it when dry. Not bad after many months of multi-tasking for you!

What else does bamboo charcoal reduce other than chlorine
Charcoal, particularly bamboo charcoal, has been the subject of university-level research in Japan in recent years. Although people have known about charcoal's special properties by experience, this has gradually been backed up by science. Bamboo charcoal is considered effective at adsorbing a variety of substances such as heavy metals, pesticides, surfactants & hormone-disruptors.

Use 3-4 pieces for 1 litre of water or 6-8 pieces for 2 litres of water.

1. Wash in running water to remove powder (do not use detergent).
2. Boil for 10 mins in a pan of water to sterilise & allow to cool & dry.
3. Place in a jug & fill with tap water (charcoal may float when new but it will tend to sink after a week or so of use).
4. Leave for 8 hours or more for best results. You can leave it in the fridge to chill if you like. It's then ready to drink.
5. Re-sterilise once a week by repeating step 2.
6. Replace with new charcoal after 2 months approx.

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