I Like My New Water Filter



I used to have a pitcher water filter. First a Brita, then a PUR. Recently, we finally switched to a faucet filter, and I much prefer it.

First off, I have gone to great lengths to avoid beverages in plastic (we buy our milk in glass bottles), so it always seemed a shame to me to have my water, which is what I drink most often, sitting in plastic. Second, that darn pitcher took up a lot of counter real estate. Counter space is always in short supply in our kitchen so this was very much not appreciated. Third, the pitcher always looked gross, because I rarely washed it and it got splashed all the time, plus plastic always looks kind of dingy after a while.

The faucet filter does have a few drawbacks. You need to use two hands to operate it, unless you want to waste a lot of water. This was not a big deal, until I found myself carrying around a baby in one arm much of the time. So now we keep a very small glass pitcher with filtered water on the counter (it is much smaller than a pitcher filter) for those occasions when I only have one hand free. Also for when my husband is washing the dishes. The filter also sometimes can be in the way when you are using the sink (especially if your sink is also full of dishes, as mine usually is), but you can easily snap it off completely. This is what we do when we are doing the dishes.

I like how easy it is to switch the filter on and off. I like the little light that tells me when it's time to replace the filter. But mostly I like that my drinking water isn't sitting in plastic.

Thinking of filtering your water? Check out these resources:
Which Water Filter System Is Right For Your Home? (Healthy Child Healthy World)
EWG's Guide to Safe Drinking Water (PDF)
EWG's National Drinking Water Database (including water filter buying guide)
Water filters: green buying guide 2/12 (Consumer Reports Greener Choices)
Green Guide's Water Filter Buying Guide (National Geographic)
5 Reasons Not to Drink Bottled Water (Mother Nature Network)

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4 comments:

  1. We love our PUR faucet filter. With that and a few water bottles we never buy bottled any more.

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  2. For ages I drank tap water straight and avoided the whole issue of plastic. When I recently started fermenting vegetables I had to start buying filtered water (the chemicals in tap prevent ferments from working). Then I also started using it for bone broths because I was feeling grossed out about drinking all that chlorine etc in concentrated bone broth. Getting a water filter installed has been on my mind for a month. Thanks for reminding me I need to stop wasting plastic water bottles!

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  3. We have been using plasic Britta pitchers and filters, and i'm now filtering water only with them, then transfering to a large glass ice tea jar with plastic top for storage. Wonder if it's such a big issue if the water is stored in glass, just filtered and poured through plastic?

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    1. Sally, the filter itself is still plastic. If you take the water out of the plastic container soon after filtering, I think the impact from the plastic would be minimal. I am just far too lazy to do that.

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