Japanese Binchotan Charcoal Sticks, 0.5lb
For a cleaner glass of H2O.
Binchotan charcoal, or activated charcoal, has been used by the Japanese for hundreds of years as a natural way to purify and cleanse. Add one of the glass-like sticks to a carafe of water for a naturally purified drink—the thousands of microscopic cavities left in the charred wood remove toxins and impurities from the water, while imbuing it with a cleaner taste. Replace your charcoal once every 3 months or so, but don’t throw out your used sticks—when broken up and placed in soil, they add a little TLC to your garden, too.
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Details & Materials -
0.5 pound bag of charcoal (sticks of various sizes). Quantities per bag vary by weight.
Care & Notes
Before using, rinse the charcoal sticks under running water and gently brush to remove excess ash. Bring a pot of water to a boil and allow the sticks to boil for 10 minutes. The charcoal is now ready to use. Carefully add sticks to a carafe of cold water. Allow charcoal to purify water (about 4-8 hours) and enjoy, refilling the water as you use it. The sticks should be refreshed by boiling every 2-3 weeks. They will begin to lose their effectiveness around 3 months of use and should be replaced. Recycle your used charcoal by adding it to your garden. Carefully break sticks into smaller pieces and place them into soil to help stimulate natural growth. Charcoal helps to aerate soil, improve drainage and enrich your beloved plants.
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