Bottled Water is Not Sustainable
Alternatives to Water Privitization
Environmental, Sustainable Water Filter Solution
Clay. Ceramic water filter systems offer the most environmentally friendly, sustainable solution to the p roblem of finding good tasting potable water. The general idea is that once-fired (non-glazed) ceramic is porous. The main other step is to dip the ceramic water filter into colloidal silver (found in all commercial filters). Think of the process as combining a strainer and magnet: the porous filter acts as a strainer for particulate matter and the colloidal silver acts as a magnet to attract and trap or "bind"microscopic contaminants.The result: great tasting water.
Best news of all: ceramic water filters can be used over and over. Only minimal cleaning is occasionally required (every few month, it varies), which consists of gently rubbing any film off the filters that may have grown. Thus, the duration between cleanings depends on the water being filtered: di rtier water equals more cleaning and vice versa.
Potters for Peace
Along with being able to filter over and over, ceramic filters can filter the dirtiest of water anywhere on the globe. The non-profit organization Potter for Peace (PFP) works in the so-called developing world to increase access to potable water. They help equip people with the knowledge and resources to make ceramic water filters. Their filters are found across the globe, and for good reason. Long lasting and well designed, their ability to filter even mud-puddle water demonstrates their quality and useability.
Where to Find Ceramic Filters:
The Potters for Peace filters are designed well and made to last. Because the organization is not for profit and focuses on the "developing world," their filters can be hard to acquire. If you're seriously interested, don't hesitate to contact them - you will at least get a response!
Big Berky also offers excellent filters. One major benefit is that they use stainless steel (though their spouts are plastic). These can also be found around the globe, however they're usually not as common in the 3rd world because of their price tag.
"Water is Life, You Can't privatize Life"
Regardless of the particular filter used, know that people do a marvelous act for themselves and the greater good of others and the planet by not supporting the privatization of water - through simply not buying "bottled life" - and instead use a ceramic filter. And the personal benefits span the entire cooking and baking spectrum as well. Use the sustainably filtered water for all culinary endeavors; even try using it to make oatmeal in a jar (a much better method of preparing and eating this traditional whole food)