ATTENTION!!! ***I’ve updated the title of this post to say “Filtering” rather than “Purifying.” Please note that the charcoal does not purify the water, it simply filters it. If you’re camping or you need to purify your water, this will not purify it. You will need to find something else that can purify the water, like tablets. April 1, 2016***
This post is inspired because of the water crisis that is going on in Flint, Michigan and all the lead poisoning that has happened there. You can Google it and/or read this POST about it here.
They’ve brought in all this bottled water to help and while I can hear the screams at me now – “SEE? This is why BOTTLED water is so important! This is the very reason why WE NEED WATER IN PLASTIC BOTTLES!!!”
I can’t help but think:
1) Ah. I thought that same way once.
2) So we pay for water which is a life necessity, urban pollution fucks it all up for us, then we have to bring in water that is stored in plastic which was really just the city water put in plastic bottles in the first place? And now everyone including the environment suffers?
Why is the one thing that is so vital to human existence not treated as sacred?
Just in case you didn’t know… we will die without water people.
Anyway, so all this to say, I will tell you what I use to purify my water so we can move on.
Look, I’m planning for the collapse of the economy (and zombies) so I want to be self-sufficient and mindful of the environment at the same time. While I do purchase this now, at some point I’d love to figure out how to make this myself, if that is even possible. I also would want to order them wholesale and stock up on them so I reduce the footprint that it takes to ship and truck these. This is where a shared economy is great because you get a bunch of people to split on an order and save shipping costs.
And.. this would be great for a future Zero Waste (online and maybe physical) dream store in Ottawa. There I said it out loud.
Universe, help me make it happen. (psst. It will happen).
Ok this is what I use: a Binchotan Charcoal Filter.
Why do I use it?
I’m paranoid of the chemicals they pour into our city water. I don’t brush my teeth with fluoride so why do I want to drink it? P.S. No one ever asked me if I wanted to drink fluoride in the first place.
How do I use it?
I stick in my jar, let it sit to filter my water (here’s more info that says 6-8 hours in your jar: http://www.reactual.com/home-and-garden/kitchen-products-2/binchotan.html) and then pour the filtered water into my water bottle. Alternatively, I can order the one that is water bottle size which is perfect for travelling because I don’t have to carry anything extra or worry about the state of water anywhere.
How long does it last?
4 Months. You have to boil it at the end of every month until you hit your 4 months. Then you buy a new one.
What do you do with it after?
You compost it.
Uh, there’s a plastic looking wrapper around it?
It’s a wood pulp packaging that is compostable. I cut mine up really small and stick it in the compost. After 2-3 months it’s gone.
How does the water taste?
Like a million free and clean, purified dollars.
Also – another alternative is The Life Straw. But… I choose to be plastic free and this straw is well.. plastic. So that’s your call. Either way, remember the zombies.