No-waste Charcoal Water Filter System
Updated: Sep 10, 2019
In celebration of Earth Day, I thought it fitting to share my new water filtration method find. Since moving to our new apartment near the Atlantic Ocean, we quickly came to realize how hard the city water is here. We felt so blessed to have water straight from our fridge, but about a month later it started tasting bad. That’s when we decided to find where to insert a new filter. Come to find out we would need to pull out the whole refrigerator to insert a new water filter. We also realized we were probably drinking the tap water for some time....yuck! All those nasty chemicals we were consuming!
Refrigerator filters can be expensive, and since our family might be moving more in the future I decided to seek an alternative that was less wasteful, more budget friendly, and we could easily bring with us.
Brita pitchers and filters were out because they took up precious fridge space, you constantly had to refill them up with water, the filters were expensive and not to mention extremely wasteful.
I’ve heard lots of positive thoughts on the Berkey Filter, but it also was expensive and took up too much counterspace for my already itsy bitsy kitchen.
I encountered plenty of options to consider in my search, but one in particular caught my eye. Charcoal sticks. All you need is a water dispenser and a charcoal stick. I purchased a glass water dispenser for $23 at Target. It can also be re-purposed or sold down the road. On Amazon, I found Kishu Binchotan Charcoal for $17. Simply boil for ten minutes, let dry, then pop it into your one or two gallon water dispenser. Wait 6-7 hours for the charcoal to remove chlorine and other impurities from the water before drinking. It also releases natural minerals back into your water and has an alkaline effect.
For maintenance, simply re-boil your charcoal stick every 2 weeks. After three months you can give it a new purpose. Break into small pieces and feed it to your plant soil. Or you can use it as a deodorizer for your shoe closet or inside your refrigerator.
What a fantastic way to be more conscious of the way we live and impact we have on this beautiful earth Abba Father gave us! I am of the opinion that as followers of Jesus Christ, we need to take initiative and set an example in caring ABOUT and caring FOR our earth. Yahweh created this place and gave us the great honor and responsibility to look after it. This isn’t an environmentalist issue. Appreciating, nurturing, and caring for our earth is a basic humanity response to the gift of creation from Yahweh. As a Christian especially, this should be a given.
While the topics of less waste living can go on and on, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or research down a labyrinth of rabbit holes, my goal here is to hopefully drive home the point of appreciating this beautiful earth we’ve been given. To nurture nature. To take a look at our modern lives and see where we can start to live more consciously. One little decision at a time. I want to teach my children that clothing doesn’t just appear. People work very hard to make our garments. Food doesn’t just come from the grocery store. Veggies and fruits come from plants of the earth in different parts of the world. And everything we choose to purchase or not, have in our homes or not will end up somewhere long after we are gone. So let us be more aware that our choices have an impact. It can be as simple as starting with a charcoal stick water filter. 😊