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coalstories of binchotan / Binchotan (activated charcoal)

coalstories of binchotan
coalstories of binchotan

Kishu Binchotan is a high quality activated charcoal. Its porous surface pulls chemicals out of water, air or other material. It improves the taste of tap water. It is handmade in Japan for centuries, but very unknown in Europe.

Using Binchotan for purifying tap water reduces the usage of plastic bottles. Its lifecycle is natural: in the end it can still be used as a fertilizer.

The binchotan products are wrapped in recycling newspapers that protect it and also transmit information about every product group:
- air
- water
- body
- fashion
- food
Some products like spices or fluids are also put in recycling glas. Every product is labeled.


Institute of Design

Institute of Design
Hamburg, Germany

Saskia Verlage,
Institute of Design