x3 binchotan active charcoal filters (6 months life each)
vacuum foil packed individually
pre-washed and ready to use
can be used in our EAU GOOD bottle, EAU CARAFE or any jug or bottle
What is the history of Binchotan charcoal? The origins are not completely clear, but it is believed that a form of Binchotan charcoal (sometimes referred to as 'white charcoal') was introduced to Japan by a Japanese monk and scholar called Kukai 1,200 years ago. It was during the Edo Period (17th century) that a man called Binchuya Chozaemon made it popular.
How is it made? Sustainably sourced wood is placed in a kiln and charred at a relatively low temperature for some time, then, near the end of the process, the kiln temperature is raised to about 1000 degree Celsius to make the wood red-hot. The charcoal is then removed and quickly covered with a special powder made from earth, sand and ash, and this gives the charcoal surface a whitish hue (explaining the name 'white charcoal'). The rapid rise in temperature, followed by a rapid cooling, incinerates the bark and leaves a smooth, hard surface. If you strike it, you'll hear a clear, metallic sound.
How does it work? Binchotan charcoal has an incredibly porous surface with tiny cavities oriented in many directions. Just 1 gram has a surface area in excess of 500 m2 (about one tenth the size of a football field). It is also known as active carbon as the ions of contaminants are attracted to the surface of the carbon, where they will be held. It is also able to release minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium back into the water which enhances its taste and health benefits.
How long will it last? If you are using your Binchotan with our 'eau good' bottle and fill it up once a day, then it should last three months. You are then able to recharge it by boiling it in water for ten minutes and then leaving to dry in sunlight. You should be able to keep recharging it for a further three months.
What other uses does the binchotan have? When you have finished using your binchotan as a water filter, it still has many secondary uses. If you break it up and put it in your house plants, it will add nutrients to the soil that will help the plant to grow. Because of its porous surface, it can be used as a deodoriser to remove unwanted odors in your cat litter, laundry basket, nappy bin or shoes. Binchotan is also an effective moisture absorbent, and can help absorb humidity in the air if placed in a wardrobe.
Do I need to wash my charcoal? Your binchotan charcoal is already washed and ready to use. Please do not wash with detergent or soap.
Can I use my binchotan with flavoured water (fruit infused or tea)? Please do not use with flavoured cordials, fruit infusions or tea.
Where can I order more charcoal from? Order from our website or on amazon.
Is it dangerous if I swallow a bit of charcoal? Occasionally you will notice tiny particles / fragments of the charcoal in the water, but do not be alarmed as it will do you no harm if you swallow them (active charcoal tablets are prescribed to treat diarrhoea, digestion and flatulence).
How should I clean my bottle? We advise to wash this by hand with hot soapy water and a bottle brush. Although the bottle and metal clamp are dishwasher safe, the fabric tag will not withstand frequent dishwashes. The silicon seal on the cork can be removed and is dishwasher safe. The cork is not dishwasher safe.
AN AMAZING MATERIAL
Binchotan is an active carbon made from tree branches and is renowned for its ability to soften water, add good minerals and absorb unwanted tastes and odours, such as chlorine.
THINKING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
Over 22 billion plastic bottles are discarded around the world each year. We aim to reduce this by making tap water taste better and encourage people to stop buying bottled water.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Simply drop & lock your charcoal into our EAU GOOD, EAU CARAFE, or any bottle for that matter. Fill with drinking (potable) tap water and wait for the charcoal to filter chemicals from the water. Leaving it overnight is ideal, but you will taste the difference after just one hour. Then, enjoy great tasting water!
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
If you are using your Binchotan with our 'eau good' bottle and fill it up once a day, then it should last three months. You are then able to recharge it by boiling it in water for ten minutes and then leaving to dry in sunlight. You should be able to keep recharging it for a further three months (giving it a total life span of six months).
Binchotan active charcoal has been used in Japan as a water purifier since the 17th century. It reduces chlorine, mineralises the water and balances the pH. Aside from just making your tap water taste great, it has so many other benefits. It helps you make a delicious cup of tea that is crystal clear (avoiding the foamy scum that you can get with tap water). We have also been told that if you place a charcoal stick in your dogs drinking water, it stops them burning the grass on your lawn when they pee! Even when you are finished with the charcoal after six months of constant use, it can be used as a deodoriser to suck up and remove unwanted smells (such as those pongy trainers, or cheese drawer). Binchotan charcoal really is a remarkable material!