Originally made in the Kishu region in Japan, Binchotan charcoal is activated through an extremely high burning temperature and rapid cooling process. Considered the best type of charcoal for water and air purification, Binchotan charcoals reveal numerous benefits with everyday use. Use them to absorb chemicals in tap water, enhance blood circulation in a hot bath, stimulate healthy soil in the garden, or deflect negative ions in your home. Binchotan charcoals are a natural way to boost overall wellness. Within in that concept they work very well when placed in the lower chamber of a British Berkefeld or Berkey water purification system as they both help to balance the pH and mineralise the water.
Binchotan, a traditional Japanese active charcoal filter used since the 17th century in Japan.
Binchotan, a 100% organic miracle that combines nature and know-how
The binchotan is wood charcoal from the Holm oak tree (ubamegashi), which grows in the mountain forests of Kishu in Japan. Used since the the 17th century, it is made with skill and respect for natural resources.
Its origins: luxury charcoal
Due to exceptional combustion qualities, this was a rich man’s charcoal initially made to heat imperial interiors and the ovens of the upper classes. High density ensure, it burned very slowly, producing a constant heat with very little smoke or carbon dioxide so that it could be used indoors.
But its qualities go way beyond smokeless combustion!
An active charcoal that removes pollutants from water
The very dense wood of a Holm oak has a multitude of open pores through which the tree breathes, nourishes itself, and redistributes chemicals back into the earth. The microorganisms (which are utterly harmless to humans) that live in these pores efficiently decompose toxic chemicals like chlorine, pesticides and herbicides. This phenomenon of adsorption (not to be confused with absorption) ensures that contaminants stick to the active charcoal until it is completely saturated. This is why it is necessary to reactivate the binchotan every three months by soaking it in boiling water.
Mineralization and Balancing pH in Your Water
Unlike some filters that tend to de-mineralize water, binchotan active charcoal diffuses natural minerals and negative ions through its pores. It also balances the water’s pH whether it is alkaline or basic.
After use, the binchotan can be used as a natural fertilizer (grind it up and mix it with planting soil)
Works to eliminate odors, dampness, and electromagnetic pollution
Active charcoal from Kishu also absorbs the molecules responsible for unpleasant odors. After six months of use, you can recycle it by putting it in the refrigerator, next to the cat box, or the dirty nappy can. In a closet, it absorbs odors as well as dampness.
It also attracts electromagnetic waves. If you are electro-sensitive, placing a piece of Kishu charcoal next to your Wi-Fi router and your computer might make you more comfortable.
So here’s to a charcoal filter that makes a difference all round!!