This is the founder Igor Pershin here. I’d like to share with you the story of how I started Natural Filters and my vision for this social enterprise moving forward. It all started from my struggles with the auto-immune condition of alopecia and its corresponding effects on my digestive and endocrine systems.
Something that I have not necessarily shared with everyone due to its rather personal nature was how this condition affected my testosterone levels. Basically, from that fateful day in Rio de Janeiro when all my hair fell out in the middle of carnival and for the next 9 months or so my testosterone levels plummeted. They dropped to the point where I no longer felt attracted to women anymore and my motivation levels also took a massive hit. As you can imagine this had a massive impact on my psychological state, leading to a lot of confusion as to how I would live out the rest of my life as an asexual person when so much of my identity was caught in up being a heterosexual male. Anyway I’ll spare you my psychological struggles and get to the point of this story—clean drinking water.
My functional medicine practitioner (Steven from New Health Melbourne), after an extensive and thorough consultation and battery of tests recommended many lifestyle changes, with one of them being limiting my exposure to plastics. This was due to the synthetic estrogens that all plastics, including BPA-free plastics leach into our food, water and onto our skin constantly. So I embarked on a journey of cutting plastics out of my food and drink, replacing everything from my Tupperware containers with ones made from glass, even investing in a plastic-free kettle and blender, since these are appliances I use daily.
Once I had cut out plastics from my kitchen, the next step was my water, since beer and wine were already naturally plastic free. Seeing as I have always used water filters of some sort, I started looking around for a plastic-free water filter. I searched both online and off yet I was not able to find anything suitable. I was met with dumb-founded faces from all of the department stores I visited. I wanted a natural solution that was plastic free to begin with, just like zucchini pasta is naturally gluten free, yet I was all out of luck until I stumbled upon some articles describing how Binchotan charcoal can filter water easily and naturally. Hooray- this was it!