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The Most Durable Glassware and Dinnerware

by Justin Thomas •

This is one of our “Buy It For Life” posts where we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. Duralex Picardie Tumblers Duralex has been manufacturing tempered glassware in France since 1929. Their Picardie Tumblers are known for lasting decades — they will bounce several times when dropped on the floor and survive without a crack. The tumblers …

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Binchotan Charcoal: An Inexpensive Way To Mineralize and Filter Water

by Justin Thomas •

White charcoal or Binchō-tan is a charcoal that loves adsorbing things. Binchotan, which has been produced in Japan for centuries, naturally adsorbs toxins such as chlorine, lead, mercury, cadmium and copper from tap water. It also releases useful minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphates. To use Binchotan, you simply place a piece of the charcoal into a water pitcher, …

Buy It For Life: Bialetti Moka Stovetop Espresso Maker

by Justin Thomas •

The Bialetti Moka Espresso Maker, has a polished-aluminium octagonal design has been available in Italy since 1933. In the 30s, Italy was in an economically difficult time, which made making coffee at home appealing. This simple little device crafted from aluminium was extremely popular and is still crafted by Bialetti, the same firm that produced it in the 1930s. Moka …