TAPP 2 is the water filter that is good for you and good for the environment. Our patent pending filter removes over 80 contaminants from your water, leaving only the best tasting, clean water directly from your tap. TAPP 2 takes 30 seconds to install and fits onto 95% of taps. And better yet, we have created the world's first water filter with fully biodegradable cartridges. Each cartridge lasts about 3 months, and once the cartridge's life is over, just throw it into your compost bin and drink delicious water, knowing that you aren’t polluting our ground-water, rivers, lakes and oceans with plastic waste.
At TAPP Water we decided there has to be a better way, so we spent 3 years researching existing water filtering technologies and we came up with TAPP, a revolutionary water filter system for the kitchen tap, delivering clean, fresh tap water in an environmentally friendly way and at a fraction of the cost of bottled water.
TAPP 2 is designed by a team of Swedish, German and Spanish product designers in Europe. The filtering technology has been tested extensively in accordance with NSF and EU standards by a EU certified water lab. Final manufacturing is done by our partner in Asia who produce over 10 million water filters of other types per year.
Each cartridge lasts around 900 liters (250 gallons) or 3 months for an average household. The cartridges are easy to replace. Once you’ve used it just dispose of it with the rest of biocompostable waste and it will biodegrade without leaving a trace of plastic behind.
A million plastic bottles are consumed in the world every single minute. The world’s plastic binge is said to be ‘as dangerous as climate change’. Scientists are finding plastic pollution in most fish and seabirds.
TAPP 2 is a complete redesign of our successful first product TAPP 1 which is now one of the most popular water filters in Europe.
The filtration solution uses a coconut-based carbon block which filters down to 1 micron. Each particle/granule of carbon provides a large surface area/pore structure, allowing contaminants the maximum possible exposure to the active sites within the filter media. TAPP 2 contains about 200g of activated carbon with a surface area of approximately 20 football fields. Activated carbon works via a process called adsorption, whereby pollutant molecules in the fluid to be treated are trapped inside the pore structure of the carbon substrate.
Over the past 3 years we’ve tested hundreds of different filters, materials and technologies to find the best one for tap water. The coconut shell based carbon block that we use is completely organic and has maximum surface area to filter the water efficiently and quickly fill up a glass of water or jug. The filter has an on/off switch so that it can be turned on only when filtered water is required.
The filter removes over 80 contaminants, effectively reduces another 30 and moderately another 22. Out of these, the most important are:
- Chlorine, which is added to tap water to kill bacteria but also gives it a strong taste and smell
- Bi-products (VOCs) from chlorine such as THMs and HAAs that have been identified as cancerous
- Pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and petrochemical products
- Heavy metals such as lead
The filtering system does not remove healthy minerals such as magnesium*, calcium*, potassium or iron, which are in fact important nutrients for our wellbeing. Tap water makes up as much as 1/3 of the daily intake of these minerals. A recent WHO report stated this about demineralized water: “Sufficient evidence is now available to confirm the health consequences from drinking water deficient in calcium or magnesium. Many studies show that higher water magnesium is related to decreased risks for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and especially for sudden death from CVD.”
*Limescale: considered “hard water”, contains a high amount of minerals that we need in our daily diets, and is not dangerous for human consumption. The problem with hard water is that it causes scale buildup in pipes and water appliances, which can be regulated by cleaning them occasionally with white vinegar
What is the difference between TAPP 2 Click and TAPP 2 Twist?
TAPP 2 Click uses Bluetooth to trigger a notification on your iOS or Android device. Register your filter in the MyTAPP app, then all you need to do is press the TAPP 2 Click green button on the lid. This triggers a notification on your device letting you know your current filter status, how long until a new refill cartridge is required and how many plastic water bottles you have avoided so far!
TAPP 2 Twist is manual and does not have Bluetooth. You can register the filter in the app if you like. But you can also just twist the calendar to set it to 3 months from today (or the day you replace the refill cartridge). The filter has a calendar on it, which reminds you of when you need to replace the cartridge. If you prefer TAPP 2 Twist, you'll find it available with more detail in the related products section.
TAPP 2 Refill Cartridges fit both TAPP 2 Click and TAPP 2 Twist
- Advanced carbon block technology filters over 80+ contaminants including Chlorine, Microplastics, Lead, THMs, VOCs, Pesticides and many more.
- Dispose of old refills in your organic waste.
- Each biodegradable TAPP 2 refill has a lifetime of up to 3 months.
TAPP 2 Click with 1 Year Filter Supply
(see related products section)
Get great value and convenience with a 1 Year Filter Bundle!
Combine a TAPP 2 Click (comes with 1 filter cartridge installed) and a 3 Pack of Refill Cartridges.
TAPP 2 Twist with 1 Year Filter Supply
(see related products section)
Get great value and convenience with a 1 Year Filter Bundle!
Combine a TAPP 2 Twist (comes with 1 filter cartridge installed) with a 3 Pack of Refill Cartridges.
The filter is made up of 3 parts:
- Filter: Attaches to the faucet and includes an on/off switch for filtered vs unfiltered water. This main unit is made of BPA-free ABS plastic and lasts over 5 years.
- Cartridge: Made up from a coconut based carbon block surrounded by PLA plastic (plant based biodegradable) that can be disposed with compostables and breaks down within 1-3 months in adequate conditions.
- Bluetooth® unit: Connects the filter to your smartphone for easy monitoring of the cartridge usage and when it needs to be replaced.
The MyTAPP app and website keeps track of your filter usage, prompting you when the cartridge needs to be replaced. It also helps you visualize your cost savings, plastic bottles avoided, CO2 footprint reduction and more. MyTAPP allows each household to configure estimated lifespan of the filter based on household members and frequency of use. The app allows the user to reorder cartridges or configure the yearly subscription option for heavy users.
You can simply click the button at any time and the MyTAPP app will pop up on your phone and tell you how much time is left of the filter. It will also warn and notify you when it's time to change the filter. The Bluetooth® only activates / emits a signal once you press the button, so it won't be connected all the time, only at your convenience.The battery will last approximately 3 years with regular use.
- Weight: Approx. 0.5 kg (1 Pound)
- Pressure: ＞1 Litre per min at 20PSI (0.3 Gallon per min)
- Cartridge life-span: 900 litres (250 gallons) / 3 months
- Cartridge replacement cost: From $5 per month
- Available colors: White (look out for stretched goals where we produce more)
- Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth® BLE 4.0
- Battery life: 3 years
- Compatible OS: iOS, Android
We came up with the idea of TAPP water filters simply because of our disbelief and frustration with plastic waste and the environmental impact associated with the increased consumption of bottled water.
After testing more than 50 water filters available today we couldn't find one that was simple, beautiful, affordable and sustainable enough to replace bottled water. So we pulled together a team of water experts, environmentalists, product designers, engineers and created TAPP 1, followed now by TAPP 2.
TAPP is all about growing the community of tap water drinkers to reduce plastic pollutionso it makes sense for us to turn to the crowd to take on this mammoth challenge of reducing plastic waste. A problem that is affecting everyone, all over the world. Indiegogo is the perfect platform to engage with early adopters and those who are passionate about technology that improves the world. So we decided to launch TAPP 2 exclusively on Indiegogo to gather your feedback, build a global community, reward people who believe that change is possible and take on the plastic waste challenge together.
Having successfully shipped over 5,000 units of our original water filter, TAPP 1, to more than 20 countries, we are confident in our ability to bring a product to market. We have also completed all design and engineering work necessary for TAPP 2, and based on the product development stage of of TAPP 2 we believe the risk in this project to be minimal. That said there are always challenges when moving from working prototypes to mass production. In our case we need to ensure that each piece manufactured in accordance with specifications, the parts fit perfectly together and there's minimum leakage.
We will update you in case there are any unexpected issues / delays in the production process.
What is TAPP 2 made out of? Why is it biodegradable?
TAPP 2 refill cartridges are entirely made out of non-toxic materials which remain inert after decomposing. The cartridges contain a high percentage of biodegradable and compostable material and can be disposed of with organic waste. Please check with your local industrial composting plant. The device itself (without the refills) is made out of highly recyclable ABS polymers.
Our work at TAPP is transformational but simple, we create solutions that aim to help reduce plastic waste. Innovation is difficult and rarely perfect, but we continue to work on improving our products every day to reach our goal of providing top quality plastic-free alternatives – which allow others to join our mission. We created our biodegradable refill cartridge filters to support this purpose, and it wasn’t easy to reach a threshold of 76% total biodegradability. In fact, it was very difficult, and it represents a substantial advancement for filter cartridges – the most eco-friendly option in this category. We have also taken great care to ensure the remaining 24% of the filter cartridge is non-toxic, inert and will not harm the environment or marine life. We continue to innovate and are committed to creating a 100% biodegradable filter – as biodegradable is always better than relying on recycling. Better for the planet, better for our children and better for ourselves. We know we are on the right path by having created a better solution available right now compared to what existed before. Read our full guide on the technology
Biodegradable content: 74%
Casing (42%) has passed ASTM D-6400 Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics
Coconut Shell (32%) breaks down into: CO2 and water
Other product: 26%
Silicon (6%) breaks down into: amorphous silica, carbon dioxide, and water
UHMW (20%) does not biodegrade, but is inert and stable and doesn’t accumulate in marine life
How can I dispose of my TAPP 2 biodegradable refill cartridges?
TAPP 2 refill cartridges are entirely made out of non-toxic materials which remain inert after decomposing. The cartridges contain a high percentage of biodegradable and compostable material and can be disposed of with organic waste. This organic waste ends up in an industrial composting plant where the cartridge breaks down within 1-2 months. Alternatively, it can be discarded with general waste, where it will break down within a couple of years in a landfill or be burned without causing any plastic residue. It will also take a couple of years to break down in a garden compost, so not recommended.
Note, that the device itself (without the refills) is made out of highly recyclable ABS polymers, and can be disposed of with plastic waste.
What filtering system does TAPP 2 use?
TAPP 2 uses carbon-block technology made of organic coconut shells, which filters contaminants down to 2 micron.. See below for more information of what it filters.
What does TAPP 2 filter/remove?
TAPP 2 uses carbon-block technology that is very effective in removing over 80 contaminants and reducing more than 50 others while letting healthy minerals remain in the drinking water. The most important chemicals removed and vastly reduced are:
– Lead and other heavy metals which can leach from old pipe infrastructure
– Chlorine, which is often the cause of bad odor and taste, and its byproducts
– Volatile Organic Compounds (VoCs), such as THMs as well as PFCsidentified as potentially cancerous
– Cryptosporidiosis (or Crypto parasite) known to cause diarrhea
TAPP 2 will also reduce, but not remove arsenic, nitrates, chromium and pharmaceuticals. Note: Your water supplier is obliged to inform you if these chemicals are found to be above WHO, EU or EPA limits and recommendations.
How do I know TAPP 2 works?
All TAPP Water products are tested and certified according to strict standards by independent lab and NSF specifications. Check the lab results by the Itabe lab.
How to connect Bluetooth with TAPP 2 Click?
Download the MYTAPP app available for Android and iOS. If you haven’t registered, you’ll need to create an account. Add a new TAPP 2 Click filter, following the instructions (make sure your Bluetooth is turned on). Now all you need to do is click the TAPP 2 Click green button at the top, and your phone will trigger a notification.
How to manually set time on TAPP 2 Twist?
TAPP 2 cartridges can last up to 3 months maximum. When starting to use a new cartridge, set the date on Twist to be: date = today + 3 months. Three months from now, when you reach that date, the visual cue will remind you to change refill.
What is the difference between TAPP 2 Click and TAPP 2 Twist?
TAPP 2 Click uses Bluetooth to trigger a notification on your iOS or Android device. You register your filter in the MyTAPP app, and when you press the button, a notification pops-up letting you know how much of your filter is used and how many bottles you avoided.
TAPP 2 Twist is manual. You can register the filter in the app if you like. But you can also just twist the calendar to set it to 3 months from today (or the day you replace the refill cartridge). The filter has a calendar on it, which reminds you of when you need to replace the cartridge
Bottled water vs tap water
There are a lot of myths related to tap water and bottled water. Here are the top 3 debunked:
1. Bottled water is better than tap water ?
Thanks to decades of myth-building, the common belief is that bottled water is better than tap water.
This is not true.
In North America and Western Europe about 99% of public tap water is potable (drinkable according to EPA and WHO guidelines). The only drawback in some places is poor taste and smell, mainly due to hardness, minerals and a higher concentration of chlorine (used for disinfection purposes). There is no scientific proof that bottled water is healthier than tap water.
2. Bottled water is safer than tap water ?
Tap water is strictly regulated. In New York, for example, the Department of Environmental Protection performs more than 900 tests daily, from up to 1,200 sampling locations throughout the City. This work is in addition to 230,000 tests performed in the watershed. There is once again no scientific evidence that bottled water is safer.
3. Bottled water is fine as long as bottles are recycled ?
The issue is not just the plastic waste but the entire value chain of water bottles. From production to distribution, the process of generating plastic bottles for water is unsustainable. 3 liters of water are needed on average to produce one liter of bottled water when including the production of plastic, transportation, filtering and filling up the bottles.
Summary: Bottled water is not healthier or safer. In addition to this, the value chain of plastic water bottles has a big environmental footprint.
Why filter tap water?
Despite tap water being safe in the USA, Canada, and Western Europe, old building infrastructure (lead) might be an issue in some areas, mainly for young children. Tap water has also been accused of having a foul taste in some places, due to the chlorine added for disinfection. A recent study by ORB Media, also found that both tap and bottled water contained microplastics.
TAPP 2 – is a faucet mounted water filter, which filters out lead, chlorine, microplastics as 80 other contaminants while letting healthy minerals through.