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Kishu Water Filters

As you know, there are many ways to filter your drinking water; there are filters that attach to your tap, pitchers you keep in the fridge, gravity fed systems used by campers, and systems that are plumbed right into your house. However, taking enough filtered water with you for your long journeys from home can be a challenge. Kishu sticks change that. Kishu offers toxin absorbing charcoal sticks that are small enough to fit in any sized water bottle so you can fill up wherever you are and still enjoy clean water.


Kishu Charcoal is made in Japan by artisans who follow the same traditional methods used for thousands of years.  Sustainably harvested branches of oak trees are carefully heated in hand-made kilns to over 1000 degrees. After many days of continuous, closely monitored carbonization, the branches become very dense, transforming into a hard glass-like material. The end result is 97% carbon and is called ‘activated’ charcoal.


Activated charcoal is used in almost every water filtration system in the world. It is highly absorbent and will soak up containments in drinking water such as lead, mercury, cadmium, copper, and chlorine. Additionally, it will impart beneficial minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. The end-result is clean, great tasting water!


Kishu sticks come ready to be used right out of the package. All you have to do is drop a stick into your water bottle or pitcher. We have three different sizes; To-go size, a medium size (perfect for Klean Kanteens), and a pitcher size. These sticks will continue to work for four to six months as long as you boil the stick for ten minutes, once a month.


Once six months is up, you can repurpose your Kishu stick in many different ways. Here are just a few examples: You can throw it in the fridge or hamper to absorb odors, you can compost it, or you can break it up and throw it into the garden as bio-char. The possibilities are vast, and by repurposing you increase the value!

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Raising the Bar (of Soap)

We have a new line of handcrafted soap available for you in your bodycare aisle this week! Pacha Soap is more than just a bar of soap though, they are a social asset. Pacha donates one bar of soap for every bar purchased. Right now we have a box full of donated soap (60 bars) ready to be given to a local charity of our choice. This batch is going to be given to Safe Place.

This attractive and great smelling soap is only $4.99 for a 4oz bar.

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Where’d you get that?

If you’ve been in the store lately, you've seen all the really awesome Wheatsville merch. we have for sale. We’ve been asked, and perhaps you’ve wondered yourself; where do we get this stuff made and what do we look for when sourcing it?

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Show your Co-op PRIDE

Co-op Economy Reusable Bags

If you are reading this, you probably already know about the positive economic impact that cooperatives have on the community. However, there are a lot of folks that aren’t aware of these benefits. A great way to spread the word is with our new purple reusable Co-op Economy Bags. Each bag measures 14 ½” tall by 14” wide by 8” deep and includes all sorts of facts about the economic benefits of shopping at a co-op. In the coming weeks we will be featuring three more bags in different colors, each with their own unique facts about co-ops. Be sure to collect all four! Each bag is only $2.99!

For more information about how co-ops make a difference CLICK HERE!

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