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Looking for eco-friendly water filter alternatives

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  • Jul 31st, 2018 1:27 pm
[OP]
Newbie
Jul 28, 2018
4 posts

Looking for eco-friendly water filter alternatives

Dear Eco-friends,

I recently replaced bottled water with a water filter pitcher and feel much better. But I'm still failing on my mission to reduce plastic waste as I'm throwing away the plastic cartridges every month. What are the best eco-friendly water filter alternatives?

Thanks
Magnus
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Jan 27, 2006
8625 posts
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Vancouver, BC
First off, every filtering method has some waste.

Second, why are you filtering? Just concern about sediment or the chlorine? If that's the case, get a simple under the sink filter with a 5 micron activated carbon filter and have a separate water spigot for drinking water on the sink to maximize the life of the filter (ie you don't want to filter dishwater). The filters are good 3,700 L where a standard Brita type filter is only good for 150 or so L. The cost is only about $100 if you install it yourself.

And one more thing, since it's an active carbon filter, the majority of the filter (except for the small plastic caps and mesh covering the body of the filter) is just active carbon (or charcoal) which is completely natural.
[OP]
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Jul 28, 2018
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Thanks! My concern is primarily taste and odor but also risk minimization for other contaminants such as heavy metals and microplastics.
Deal Fanatic
Jan 27, 2006
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Vancouver, BC
MagnusJ26706 wrote:
Jul 31st, 2018 3:21 am
Thanks! My concern is primarily taste and odor but also risk minimization for other contaminants such as heavy metals and microplastics.
Those pitcher filters aren't going to do much about heavy metals and microplastics... Depending on where you get your water from (ie river, mountain reservoir, well...), you may be worrying too much. If you are that concerned, get your water professionally tested so you know what you are dealing with first and then buy the filter to address it.

The same under the sink system can still work for everything you listed - you just have to get a finer mesh filter that does things like VOCs, lead,... Of course, that will mean that the filter won't last as long as there's probably more non-organic material in the filter in order to do it's job.

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