Brita filter hack? Help! I dont want to continue the plastic waste and high cost. Can I just re-wrap the existing filter with activated carbon sheets?

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  • August 26, 2021 at 7:14 pm
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    This is a terrible idea. Over time that will become a bacteria farm.

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  • August 26, 2021 at 7:14 pm
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    No.

    And also, it depends; what do you want removed from your water?

    A Britta filter has several stages:

    “Activated Charcoal

    Activated charcoal is the main filtration component of the Brita filter. Chlorine, pesticides and organic impurities adhere to the charcoal, which eliminates foul tastes and odors from the water. In addition, an inhibitor is added to prevent the growth of bacteria.

    Ion Exchange Resin

    The ion exchange resin removes calcium carbonate, which causes “hard water” and limescale. Heavy metals, such as lead and copper, are also removed by the resin.

    Mesh Filter

    A fine mesh screen sits at the top of the filter opening to block any coarse material from entering the filter. Another mesh screen is located on the bottom and is used to keep the components of the filter in its plastic casing.”

    If your main concern is the taste of your water, sure these will probably help but they likely won’t last long or work as well since they’re so thin the water will pass through then really quickly. The water drains out the bottom of britta pitcher filters not the sides so you’d need to figure out a way to affix this to the bottom as well.

    But this also leaves the innards of the filter to grow bacteria, mold and other nasties over time. They’re not intended to be used forever, and eventually they’ll become a home for bacteria.

    So the other question is; do you really even need your water filtered?

    https://www.healthline.com/health/home/water-filter-pitcher

    If your main concern is bacteria and stink, check out this:

    https://www.livelarq.com/shop/larq-pitcher-purevis

    Their filters are plant based, I don’t know if that means plastic free though. But if you don’t care about the filtering you can use it purely for the UVC function that kills bacteria and other bio contaminate in the water that can cause stink and slime. Their UV water bottles are fantastic.

    Best of luck

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  • August 26, 2021 at 7:14 pm
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    Get a copper water vessel

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