Hippie Water Filter
Plastic is so five minutes ago... nope wait... it's forever. That's right folks, it never breaks down because bacteria think it tastes like sh*t. So if you're looking for ways to cut down on the piles of garbage you leave in your wasteful human wake, consider using a glass jar and an activated charcoal stick instead of a plastic jug with plastic filters that you have to throw away and replace every few months.
These charcoal sticks (no you can't use a burnt stick from your fire pit or charcoal for your grill) will reduce the amount lead, mercury, copper, aluminum, uranium, and molybdnum (<-can't pronounce that, don't know what it is) and they'll add calcium, magnesium and potassium to your water. You can see the data here on water tested after an hour of exposure.
All you need is a large mason or other type of glass jar and an activated charcoal stick (which cost around the same price as a plastic water filter and it lasts for 4 months). You may want to buy a pouring spout if you're using a mason jar (there are a ton of options online if you don't have one). Just add water when the jar gets low, when it has the chance to sit for at least an hour (at night before bed works for me) and the resulting water tastes great! The best part is that after 4 months, you can break up your charcoal stick and put it in your garden or throw it in your compost and you're well on your way to becoming the bohemian hippie goddess you always knew you could be.
I do recommend that folks get their water tested regardless of what kind of water filter you use particularly for folks in urban areas. There are levels of toxins that are either entirely unsafe to drink, or can only be eliminated using a special type of filter.