20 Best Plastic-Free Water Filters For A Zero-Waste Solution

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20 Best Plastic-Free Water Filters For A Zero-Waste Solution
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If the debates over plastic straws have taught us anything, it’s that there’s way too much plastic around us — and it’s causing a major pollution situation. Not only does plastic litter our environment, but it plagues our oceans, pollutes the air with toxins, kills wildlife, and most plastics aren't biodegradable.

Plastic has its place, but we need to cut it out anywhere possible, and that includes our drinking water. That means opting for no bottled water, Brita pitchers, or even some faucet filters, many of which have some kind of plastic involved in their filtering system. 

The best way to limit plastic in our lives? Stop consuming it — and that means using a water filter that's plastic-free.

Not only is using a water filter that has no plastic healthy, but you're saving the world one glass of water at a time.

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1. Big Berkey BK4X2 Countertop Water Filter System 

The Big Berkey is made with High Grade 304 Stainless Steel. Each Purification Element has a lifespan of 3,000 gallons — that's 6,000 gallons for a two-filter system.

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2. Doulton Stainless Steel Water Filter

This four stage stainless steel system is designed for chemical, microbiological and heavy metals (lead) reduction. The package includes Doulton HIS filter housing, Ultracarb ceramic filter, filtered water faucet, and installation kit.

(Doulton USA, $299)

3. ZeroWater 40-Cup Ready-Pour Glass Dispenser

With an elegant glass tank and no-drip spigot, ZeroWater's 40-cup ready-pour filtered water dispenser uses a five-stage filtration system, and is great for gatherings, offices, or home use. Pour a glass of filtered, clean-tasting water while the reservoir continues to filter.

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4. PUR FM-3700 Advanced Faucet Water Filter

PUR faucet water filters reduce over 70 contaminants, including lead and chlorine, by using activated carbon and ion exchange. Using a PUR water filter for tap water is more affordable than bottled water, and can save households up to $1,000 per year. Not to mention, you're reducing your plastic use!

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5. AcalaQuell Smart Water Filter System

The AcalaQuell Smart converts tap water into fresh, pure water. It restores natural properties to water, and its activated carbon provides excellent protection against the contamination. The ceramic filter was burnt with a patented process to a highly compressed diametic structure, so no bacteria is able to pass through.

(AcalaQuell, $389)

6. Bamboo Charcoal Water Filter

Adding bamboo charcoal to tap water removes impurities and improves taste. This quality bamboo charcoal is carbonized at high heat, creating a large, porous surface area. Tests show that these pores absorb ammonia, lead, mercury, cadmium, and copper from water, including chloramine, chlorine and chlorides.

(Package Free, $20)

7. GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier

Made of two layers of non-woven ceramic fiber, positively charged mesh of ions, and activated carbon, this design makes clean, purified drinking water in only 15 seconds from any fresh water source. It's perfect for active individuals who love to travel.

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8. IPPINKA Kishu Binchotan Charcoal Slim Sticks

Binchotan absorbs chlorine and other chemicals from drinking water while releasing natural minerals into it. Binchotan has an alkaline effect, which softens and improves the overall taste of water. Made in the Kishu region in Japan, use 1 stick for a personal water bottle or 2 sticks for a carafe.

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9. APEX Countertop Drinking Water Filter

APEX Countertop Alkaline Drinking Water Filter System removes impurities and chemicals through carbon block filters that remove mercury, pesticides, chlorine, radon, and more from your drinking water. The APEX water purifier systems also remove sediment and rust.

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10. pH REPLENISH Glass Alkaline Water Pitcher 

Made from food grade ultra-strong borosilicate glass and stainless steel, this water pitcher increases pH, breaks down water molecules into structured patterns for easy absorption and better hydration, removes fluoride, chlorine, chloramine and heavy metals, and remineralizes water adding iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, selenium, lithium, iodine and other minerals and trace elements.

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11. ZeroWater 8-Cup Stainless Steel Pitcher With Free TDS Meter 

The ZeroWater filter pitcher combines 5 technologies to remove impurities from tap water. Pitcher includes a dissolved solids meter that indicates the quality of tap water, and suggests a precise time to change the filter.

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12. Aquaovo 'The Tower' Water Dispenser

This starter pack includes 1 Tower unit, 1 year worth of filter cartridges (3), 1 rinsing board, and a subscription to the OVO+3 AUTO filter cartridge replacement program and warranty coverage. The tanks are made of glass, and remove chlorine and other contaminants for clean, refreshing water.

(Aquaovo, $664)

13. Thrive Market New Wave Enviro Stainless Steel Crock Water Dispenser

New Wave Enviro’s Stainless Steel Crock is made from food grade stainless steel with a BPA-free spigot. That means no leaching of chemicals, toxins, or undesirable taste in your drinking water.

(Thrive Market, $30.99)

14. Goop Ceramic Water Filter

Handmade and a gorgeous addition to a countertop, this filter purifies water and can hold up to one gallon. Just fill it with tap water and let the filter do its thing.

(Goop, $450)

15. Radiant Life SS Gravity Countertop Filter

This Gravity Countertop Filter is made of stainless steel, and is portable and easy to use. The 2 filter unit produces approximately 12 gallons of sparkling, clean water in 24 hours. The system holds 2.25 gallons of clean water at a time.

(Radiant Life, $60-$279)

16. KOR Water Fall Sustainable Countertop Water Filter System

This filter system uses coconut shells to filter up to 80 gallons. Filter tested and certified to NSF, it removes chlorine, chloramines, bad taste and odors found in tap water.

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17. GOpure Water Pod

Every Pod features an “advanced ceramic core” made from DE and trace silver that performs like a magnet to continuously attract, bind and adsorb every heavy metal, inorganic, bacteria, impure chemical and more. (While the Pod has been proven to remove E.coli and other dangerous bacteria, it is not recommended as the sole source for purification of backcountry water and should be used with potable water only.)

(GOpure, $99.80)

18. The Soma Filter

The Soma Filter turns ordinary tap water into fresh, filtered water, effectively reducing unwanted contaminants like chlorine, mercury, copper, and more. The filter casing is made with sugarcane plant-based materials, meaning a lower carbon footprint, and free from BPA and Phthalates.

(Soma, $60)

19. Propur Big 304 Water Filtration System

The Propur Big 304 is economical, convenient and easy to use. The system requires no electricity to provide reliable water filtration just about anywhere. Each container is made from high quality premium 304 stainless steel for lasting durability, corrosion and oxidation resistance, and attractive appearance.

(Propur, $279)

20. CuZn UC-200 Under Counter Water Filter

This filter works beneath any home or office sink to filter up to 50,000 gallons of cold water on demand. The UC-200 reduces a wide variety of organic and inorganic contaminants: chlorine, water soluble cation heavy metals (lead, mercury, chromium VI, cadmium), herbicides, pesticides, sediment, algae, molds, bad taste, odors and other undesirable contaminants that may effect the quality of your water supply. 

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