Want to filter water without plastic? Rest assured, it can be done. In fact, one of the first things I ever did, when going zero waste, was filter water without plastic. You see, I really wanted a stainless steel water bottle, but they don’t come with built-in filters. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the smoothest, purest drinking water, so filtering my water was essential for me. After doing a little research, I stumbled upon a zero waste water filter I could get behind: Charcoal sticks! It may sound odd at first, but did you know most filters, Brita pitchers included, rely on activated charcoal to filter water? So using charcoal sticks to purify your drinking water really isn’t that big of a leap. Plus, using a charcoal water filter will help you avoid tons of plastic – plastic water bottles, plastic pitchers, and even plastic faucet filters. Here’s how to filter water without plastic, and why you should to begin with.
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Why should I filter water without using plastic?
Back when I still drank from plastic water bottles, my mom would buy a new case every week. That really put a dent in our finances. Using charcoal sticks is really a great investment: You buy it once and it lasts you weeks, sometimes months!
How do I filter water without plastic?
If you intend on using bamboo charcoal like me, here’s how to activate and use it.
First, you’ll have to rinse off 3 to 4 pieces of the bamboo charcoal. Then you boil them for five minutes (this activates the sticks), remove them from the water and allow them to dry. After that, you just add them to your water and let it sit (you can put it in the fridge during this time) for at least one hour. I usually let mine sit for several hours. The container you use must be glass or stainless steel – this is very important.
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