Bamboo Charcoal Water Filters - Bamboo Charcoal Water Purifier
11.30.12

We know you’ve all heard Christmas horror stories about just getting a lump of coal in your stocking, but this year, we truly wouldn’t mind! While shooting the lovely Artigas sisters (have you entered to win our Gabriela Artigas jewelry giveaway yet, by the way?) we discovered the ultimate in chic water purification. Instead of those clunky-but-necessary filters that leave much to be desired in terms of design, you can easily make your own beautiful and effective water purifier using inexpensive and long-lasting bamboo charcoal sticks. It’s an ancient Japanese method that has been used for centuries to purify water and we swear the water we tasted was super crisp and fresh. You’ll just need a few things including bamboo charcoal sticks, a pretty pitcher (or a water bottle!), some tap water and a pot to boil the sticks and in under an hour you’ll have the best-tasting water in the best looking vessel, ever!

Tell us, have you ever tried bamboo charcoal as a water or air filter? We’d love to know!

  • Make your own all-natural water filter

  • Step 1:

    Before you use your charcoal sticks, make sure you boil them for around 10 minutes. Friends have told us you can do this once a month for up to a year to “refresh” it so it continues to filter and purify.

  • Step 2:

    Once it’s boiling, carefully remove it from the heat and let it dry.

  • Step 3:

    Once it’s dry, place it in your favorite pitcher or bottle and let it do its thing.

  • Step 4:

    Sip and enjoy!

  • Helpful hint:

    The sticks can be easily recycled by breaking into small pieces and placing them into your plant soil, creating micro water and air cavities in the soil.

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  1. I love this…natural and it’s so pretty!

    Alexandra | 11.30.2012 | Reply
  2. I just got these in the mail. Have been using them for the last three days. Does anyone know how many hours does it take for the water to alkalize…

  3. I can taste results in as few as two hours, but an overnight or 8 hour soak seems to be the best.

    Howdy | 04.16.2013 | Reply
    • Thank you for the tip, Howdy – always love advice from personal experience!

      The Chalkboard | 04.16.2013 | Reply
  4. Does anyone know how effective these are at removing microorganisms? Such as Cholera?

    Chris | 04.22.2013 | Reply
    • Charcoal is commonly used to filter impurities in water such as heavy metals and chlorine, but it has no ability to kill microorganisms! The only way to kill those guys is by boiling or by adding chlorine. You can purchase tablets that you can put in a bottle of iffy water and it will kill all the bugs (one of the most important survival items you can keep with you when camping!). I imagine you could use the tablets, then after the water is safe you could use the charcoal to remove the chlorine taste. Just a thought. :)

      Ashley | 03.31.2014 | Reply
  5. Superb Blog! Very much appreciated information!

  6. Great blog! Charcoal is really awesome! Aside from charcoal being a great deodoriser (I use little pieces of it in an open container and place it in my fridge), it really is an great water filter.

  7. I am going to try the charcoal sticks straight away- thanks for the advice!

    Kerrie | 10.22.2013 | Reply
  8. Wow, I had never heard of this but it sounds like a great idea!

    • Let us know if you try it out Taylor!

      The Chalkboard | 11.13.2013 | Reply
  9. I’m trying it, but what does boiling it do? Will it make the bamboo sticks lose their effectiveness?

    Junnie | 07.08.2014 | Reply
  10. What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable experience
    regarding unexpected feelings.


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