As far as we know, this is the first filter water carafe that actually looks beautiful. The intriguing black stick is called Binchotan and has been used by the Japanese to filter water for over 500 years. It will make your tap water taste delicious and will stop you buying all that ridiculous bottled water (if you don't know why we say ridiculous, you need to check out the story of stuff's insightful and scary video on bottled water).
The hand blown glass has an organic feminine form that magnifies the beauty of the water it holds, but also makes it a delight to hold and pour from. The simple curves and generous cork stopper, make it a timeless piece that will sit well on any kitchen (or boardroom) table.
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.
Can I wash my carafe with soap and leave the charcoal in it? Please remove the binchotan from the bottle before washing with soap.
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).
Is the eau carafe dishwasher safe? The glass bottle is dishwasher safe, but the cork top is not.
How do I prevent mould from forming on the underside of the cork stopper? Make sure you do not leave water sitting in your bottle, when you are not using it (for more than one day). Remove the stopper and allow it dry out. When water is left in the bottle for long periods of time, mould spores can form. The binchotan charcoal removes the chlorine from drinking water, so you might notice it forming even quicker than normal. This is nothing to worry about, as long as you refilling regularly, cleaning the bottle regularly and not drinking stale water that has been sitting in the bottle for more than a day.
How do I clean mould from the cork stopper? We recommend using lemon juice, followed by boiling water, to kill and wash away mould that has formed on the cork.
Ideal for home or work
It makes your tap water taste delicious!
Save money, by avoiding expensive bottled water
Help the planet by not buying bottled water
Hand blown glass & cork stopper
Includes x1 binchotan active charcoal filter
Charcoal has a 6 month life if used daily
Glass bottle is dishwasher safe
EAU SO BEAUTIFUL
William Morris was a 19th century English designer (as well as being a poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist… sounds like a clever chap!). We are strong believers in his saying that you should "have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful". Our carafe is both useful and beautiful in equal measure. It will become one of those cherished items that you will genuinely enjoy using every day.
"NAIVE spelt backwards is a well known brand of bottled water"