Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I have increasingly been approached by people who are intrigued by the black stick in my glass water bottle. This black stick, as I explain to them, is a kishu binchotan charcoal. It is a clean + convenient water filtration system that is especially useful if you're on-the-go as most of us are. You simply wash off your new charcoal stick upon receiving it, drop it in your reusable water bottle [preferably glass], and allow it to magically absorb the impurities + toxins of unfiltered water. In so doing, the charcoal stick also charges the water with minerals like calcium and magnesium, which alkalinise the body. It does this by releasing alkali ions that increase the pH of the water to around 8-8.5, which consequently makes it a naturally made mineral water.

Kishu binchotan charcoal is not only for water purification purposes though! Here are other ways in which you can use your charcoal stick:

BATH: add approximately ¾ lb. of binchotan in hot bath water // this allows for the binchotan charcoal to emit far infrared rays that enhance blood circulation

APPLIANCES: place your binchotan charcoal by electrical appliances such as televisions, microwaves, computers, + mobile phones to block the harmful electromagnetic waves that they emit

DEODORISER: place binchotan inside your refrigerator to deodorise it + eliminate undated smells; place it in your closet or shoe box; binchotan also protects against dampness and molds // the cavities inside binchotan absorb the surrounding bacteria much like it does with the impurities in your water bottle

REDUCE, REUSE, + RECYCLE: each charcoal stick lasts about six months [after three months worth of usage, you can recharge it by boiling it in water to use it for another three months] // once you are done with your charcoal stick, recycle it by mixing it in broken pieces with regular soil. This will increase microbe activity + create healthy soil for your garden.

Used for many years in Japan, this charcoal is a type of oak branch that is sustainably harvested + carbonised to 1,000 degrees to produce activated charcoal // here is my source for binchotan charcoal