Since living in London I've really struggled with the hard tap water. I want to drink more (and less squash), but the taste I just can't quite cope with.
So, after reading a post by Eco Boost, I thought I'd give bamboo charcoal a try.
This is where I should state that I only received the charcoal yesterday so I haven't yet given it a "proper" test but I thought it was worth writing about what bamboo charcoal does and how I've found it so far.
How does bamboo charcoal work?
Without going technical, it's super-porous; 1g of bamboo charcoal has a surface equivalent of up to 3 tennis courts! It works like a sponge and absorbs impurities.
It has the added benefit of "mineralising" the water - releasing potassium and magnesium along with other minerals.
Bamboo charcoal also has a larger number of porous cavities compared to wood charcoal - 3 times greater per gram.
Bamboo is also a fast-growing plant which makes it super sustainable too.
There are numerous steps before you can use the charcoal, but it was very easy and took no more than 15/20 minutes. Once in the drinking/tap water, it is recommended that you leave them in there for at least 8 hours before consuming.
Every week the bamboo should be boiled for 10 minutes to re-sterilise the pieces and they will last for up to 2 months. After this, they can be re-purposed around the house.
So to the taste test! For me, it does taste different, in a good way. However it's not vastly different. I will play around with the amount of charcoal in each jug over the coming days/weeks and get back to you all!
Charcoal bought from: The Charcoal People