We can count ourselves lucky to live in a country where we have access to safe drinking water, and reading about the state of drinking water around the world, it makes me appreciate it even more. I feel like a little brat because I don't like the flavor of London drinking water, even though it's perfectly safe to drink - safer than a lot of bottled water even.
We have been using water filters ever since we moved to London three and a half years ago.
We started with a small Britta filter, but bought a bigger one for in the fridge and also have a fancy kettle with filter in it - it really does wonders for limescale!
But these filters are difficult to recycle and contain a lot of plastic, so I went to search for a plastic-free alternative and stumbled on bamboo charcoal filters.
I bought one from Geo Generation to test out, and I'm not sure if this happens with all bamboo filters, or if it's my crazy sensitive taste buds, but after 6 weeks of using it, I could still taste a kind of burnt flavor in our filtered water. I haven't actually drunk any of it, but just fed it to our plants because I'm apparently really fussy about the flavor of my water.
Bamboo charcoal, or activated carbon, is used in many of our appliances, like our ovens, air purifiers and vacuum cleaners. They remove impurities in air and water by adsorbing, or sticking, onto the impurities. It's been used for hundreds of years and we'll continue using it for hundreds more, because we'll never run out of bamboo and carbon!