Why You Need to Ditch Your Water-Filter and Replace it with Bamboo Charcoal
Drinking filtered water may save plastic bottles. But what about when you need a new filter cartridge? Brands such as Brita, PUR, and Everpure have partnered with TerraCycle to collect used filter products for recycling. They estimate that one if their filters can keep up to 300 plastic bottles out of the waste stream. recycling other water-filter brands could be trickier. Currently, it is not possible to recycle standard water filters as part of your household collection scheme.
This is due to the foreign materials that can accumulate in the activated carbon used in filters. Recycling the carbon involves baking it at a “high” temperature then rinsing with pure water to remove contaminants. Most cartridge filters cannot withstand the baking as it burns. Of course, if you had pure water, you would also not need the filter in the first place.
But no fear, there is a solution that is good for you and for the planet. Introducing Bamboo Charcoal filters! Bamboo charcoal is a simple and natural way of filtering tap water. Place your piece of bamboo charcoal into a jug of tap water and it will filter out impurities such as chlorine and chloramines. Making your water tastier and free from the typical tap water odors.
It is also good for your health. The added benefit of using bamboo charcoal as a water filter is that it “mineralizes” the water. It does this by releasing minerals such as potassium and magnesium into the water. This is great at these minerals are often hard to get in your diet.
Bamboo charcoal water filtration goes back to ancient China and Japan, where it was used to “sweeten” the water for tea. In terms of chemistry, bamboo charcoal is an outcome of pyrolyzing bamboo* to create a porous material with excellent absorption, electromagnetic shielding, and infrared emitting capacity (who knew!). It is 85-98% carbon, the same substance used in most modern filtration methods. It is the porous nature of the bamboo charcoal that means it can absorb and retain impurities easily. It works like a sponge absorbing impurities into its pores.
Other woods can be used to make charcoal for filtering water but the porous nature of bamboo charcoal give it better-filtering abilities. It is 3 times greater per gram than wood charcoal at filtration. Also, as a fast-growing plant, supply is abundant and sustainable.
Bamboo charcoal filters are easily broken up into smaller pieces to fit any glass or container. They also provide an easily portable water purification system to filter tap water on the go. The added plus? The use of bamboo charcoal water filters aids reforestation activities. They are also re-usable. At their end of life can be either broken up and mixed into potted plants or gardens, or composted.
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