Coconut-Fiber Filters For Greener, Cleaner Drinking Water

Human beings are 60 percent water. In order to look and feel our best, we have to stay well hydrated. Unlike centuries past, we can’t grab drinking water from a stream or collect rain in a bucket. Thanks to rampant pollution, most water has to be treated and filtered before it’s safe for human consumption. We can waste thousands of dollars a year on bottled water (which isn’t as clean as you think) or drink the water that flows from the tap for almost nothing.

Depending on where you live, your tap water can still have lots of contaminants in it, which is why many choose to filter their water one last time before drinking. Water filters can be sophisticated (in-counter or fridge, reverse osmosis) or simple (Brita filter). Most are made from carbon fiber, which is surprisingly bad for the planet. A Canadian company is replacing this dirty charcoal with natural coconut fibers for water that is both clean and green.

Swift Green Filter

Image via Swift Green Filter Ltd.

Did you know that traditional carbon filters release pollution and emit greenhouse gases during production? Swift Green Filters are made from high grade coconut carbon instead of bituminous carbon. The company carbonizes their fibers; a process which converts wasted gas into useful thermal energy, as opposed to the traditional pit charring method that releases noxious gases into the atmosphere.

According to Swift, coconut fiber filters have 50 percent more micro pores than traditional carbon fibers, creating more surface area. This translates into cleaner water free of the impurities that local water suppliers allow in small amounts, as well as the chemicals and minerals that come in to contact with water through plumbing systems.

Sounds great, right? Here’s the catch: right now, Swift Green filters are only available for in-fridge water filtration systems. The good news is that they offer a wide variety of these filters for over a dozen different refrigerator brands. All are fairly inexpensive and seem easy to install. When your coconut fiber filter expires, just mail it back to the company for responsible recycling.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog