Made in the Kishu region of Japan, Kishu Binchotan Charcoal is regarded as the highest quality for purifying water. This prized charcoal is created when Japanese Holm Oak is burnt at extremely high temperatures. This process, called nerashi, carbonizes the structure of the wood, leaving countless microscopic cavities in which unwanted water-borne chemicals, like chlorine, are easily trapped. One gram of Binchotan Charcoal has as much surface area as a tennis court.

To use the purifier, gently place the cleaned charcoal stick in a glass pitcher or container. Fill with tap water and let it sit. After a few hours, the water is ready for drinking, cooking, or other use. Continue refilling the water as it gets used.

Binchotan Charcoal has an alkaline effect, which softens and improves the taste of tap water. The purified should taste clean, lacking any harsh chemical taste or unpleasant odor.

Each of the charcoal sticks can last up to three months"> Charcoal Kishu Binchotan Water Purifier - store.japanesegarden.com