Bamboo Charcoal Water Filters – Charcoal People
£4.50 – £8.50
A simple and natural method to filter your tap water, the charcoal filters out chlorine, chloramines and other impurities.
Super efficient, these charcoal filters are made from bamboo charcoal.
Bamboo is considered the best material for filtering tap water because of it’s large number of porous cavities and huge surface area compared to wood charcoal. Bamboo is also extremely sustainable, due to it’s fast growth.
Each piece is approx. 5cm x 5cm.
Use 3 – 4 pieces for a 1 litre jug of water; 6 – 8 pieces for a 2 litre jug. The same piece of charcoal can be reused for up to 2 months
- 100% natural
- Plastic-free & zero waste
- Made from bamboo
- Works to filter out common chemicals found in tap water
Did you know there are chemicals in our drinking water? Depending on where you are the chemicals can vary but the most common chemicals found in our drinking water are chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals and even pesticides!
One way to help remove these chemicals from your water is to filter it before consuming. Natural bamboo charcoal filters are one method of this.
Bamboo – Although many other woods can be used to make charcoal for filtering water, bamboo is considered the best for it’s most efficient filtering abilities and sustainability. Bamboo charcoal has larger number of porous cavities than wood charcoal.
Bamboo is in abundance, grows fast without the use of fertilizer and has no need for pesticides, making it a very suitable material.
Bamboo charcoal filters absorbs and reduce the following in tap water:
These charcoal filter will be sent loose wrapped in biodegradable tissue paper.
|Dimensions||100 × 80 × 40 mm|
How It Works
This amazing filtering ability comes from the bamboo charcoal’s super-porous structure. It works like a sponge and absorbs impurities into its pores.
Bamboo charcoal is a simple and completely natural way of filtering tap water. Just leave it in a jug filled with tape water and the charcoal will slowly filter out the impurities and chemicals such as chlorine and chloramines. This does not only improve the quality of the drinking water but the taste too!
When using bamboo charcoal filters it has added benefits, this will mineralise the water during initial usage. It will slowly release minerals such as potassium and magnesium.
An ancient and well known method used all over the world, these bamboo charcoal filters are carefully made in Japan using clay kilns by experienced charcoal makers. These are of the highest quality charcoal filters.
How To Use
1. Wash the charcoal filters under running water to remove excess powder (do not use detergent).
2. Boil for 10 minutes in a pan of water to sterilise, the. Allow to cool and dry.
3. Place the charcoal filters in a jug of water (charcoal may float at first but will tend to sink after a week or so of use).
4. Leave the water and filters to sit for 8 hours or longer for best results. What I do is leave it in the fridge overnight while I sleep or while I’m at work.
5. Re-sterilise once a week by repeating step 2.
6. Replace with new charcoal filters every 2 month approximately.
I’ve come across some pieces that stay afloat for more than 2 weeks. Is there anything wrong with those?
No, there is nothing wrong with them. Air is trapped in new pieces and sometimes it takes longer for water to find its way into all pores, but eventually all pieces will sink.
Is it OK to use broken pieces?
Yes, it’s perfectly fine to use broken ones. Some may even say it’s better to use small bits because they will have more contact area with water and therefore filter more quickly. From a pure performance perspective that may be the case, but it would be very awkward to handle small bits of charcoal and you end up having to encase them which complicates things. We cut our bamboo charcoal into 5cm long pieces because that offers the right balance between ease of handling and filtering performance. So as long as it’s not broken into pieces that are too small, you may happily use them.
I haven’t re-sterilised my charcoal for weeks, is this OK?
Although in most cases it won’t cause any problem, we still recommend that you re-boil your charcoal from time to time, ideally once a week to avoid an undesirable amount of micro-organism developing in your jug. Boiling and drying the charcoal also help to clear the pores so giving the charcoal a better chance to maintain its filtering ability.
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 and hormone-disruptors.
Can I use the bamboo charcoal to filter water from a well?
Yes you can but before using the charcoal, make sure the well water is tested to show it’s safe for human consumption. In the past when people had no choice but to drink what was available in the surrounding environment, in some parts of the world charcoal was used to improve the water quality. However, we don’t recommend you take any unnecessary risks.
About Charcoal People
‘I founded the Charcoal People in 2007, initially selling bamboo charcoal natural water filters. Like many businesses it came out of personal experience: for some time we had been using bamboo charcoal at home to filter our tap water and one day, perhaps inevitably, I thought why not introduce it to the market?
Some say it was my mid-life crisis, but I insist it was a brainwave and a moment of inspiration. Whatever the true motivation, ten years on, as the Charcoal People’s customer base steadily grows, I am pretty pleased that we are offering something that is old, yet new, a forgotten art and a beautiful thing.
Charcoal is very versatile. Its benefits are not limited to filtering water. It does some amazing things very quietly without shouting about its abilities. I love its modesty and simplicity. In the coming months we plan to add more exciting and intriguing charcoal products, so watch this space!’
Michihiro, founder of the Charcoal People
Charcoal People’s bamboo charcoal is a high quality, eco-friendly product. Produced without chemical processes, it is a beautiful and versatile material which is sustainable and leaves no waste, and is ideal as a natural water filter.
It is made in Japan using clay kilns by traditional methods that draw on the wisdom of ages past and we are excited to make this wonderful material and all its benefits available to more people.