In addition to being a big problem for the environment, water bottles are also problematic for our health. So, can we use natural and sustainable solutions to filter our water?
Although a majority of water in the western world is of relatively good quality, there is always limestone, impurities and other residues.
A joint report between the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy discussed the presence of chlorine in tap water to control bacteria , as well as residues of drugs, hormones, anti-depressants, beta-blockers, pesticides and even molecules for veterinary use.
Depending on the regions and departments, we may also have in our drinking water contaminated with lead, nickel, copper, vinyl chloride, bromates, aluminum, nitrates … in small quantities.
You can know the quality of the water you consume by going to EWG’s Tap Water database if you are in the US or the official website of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health in Europe.
The fact of the matter is, most of us should be filtering our water. As mentioned no matter how good the standard, there are usually tap water residues that we don’t want in our systems.
So what’s the answer?
You just have to filter the tap water before you drink it, which can be easily and cheaply done
Here are 3 simple and durable solutions to filter tap water residues:
1. Ceramic beads
Ceramic beads are completely natural, these are clay enriched with 80 active microorganisms . These pearls filter tap water and improve its taste by eliminating chlorine, limescale and other residues.
Immerse the pearls in water for 30 minutes. Just 15 beads are needed to filter 1 liter of water. And there is no need for maintenance these are reusable for life.
Ceramic beads are easily found in organic stores.
2. Binchotan vegetable charcoal
The active white charcoal is a vegetable stick that is made with the wood of the tree ubamegashi, a holm oak. This charcoal attracts to it the harmful particles that are in the water, like pesticides.
immerse the stick in a bottle of water and let stand for 8 hours. The stick is effective for about 3 months. To reactivate it, simply burn it and let it dry.
It releases iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium, mineralizing the water. It also neutralizes and balances the pH of the water, making it neither acidic nor basic.
It must changed when it becomes overused. Since it is natural, it is biodegradable and can be used as compost. It is easily found in organic stores.
3. Moringa Seeds
According to research carried out by the University of Uppsala in Sweden, the proteins present in the seeds of Moringa (a small tree present in the tropical and subtropical regions) are able to filter the impurities of the tap water.
Once reduced to powder, these moringa seeds could suppress up to 99% of bacteria .
Thanks to their antibacterial properties, they are also able to remove pathogenic microorganisms in water.
Mix 50 g of Moringa seed powder in a bottle of water and let this stand for 30 minutes , mixing occasionally. Then filter the water with clean, sterile gauze before drinking.
Moringa seeds can easily be found n organic store.
These seeds are also completely biodegradable.
And finally, be sure to let the tap water run for several seconds before filling your containers to remove residue accumulated in the stagnant water.