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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