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Binchotan Charcoal by Black + Blum



  • It may seem counter intuitive to purify your drinking water with a stick of charcoal, but the Japanese have been doing it for centuries.

    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 odors, such as chlorine.

    Simply drop & lock your charcoal into our EAU GOOD, EAU CARAFE, or any bottle. Fill with drinking (potable) tap water. Wait for the charcoal to filter chemicals from the water overnight is ideal, but you will taste the difference after just one hour). Then, enjoy great tasting water!

    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.

    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.

    It makes tap water taste great!
    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
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