TAPP 2 Twist and Click were launched at the end of 2018 based on 3 years of research and development. In August this year we launched generation 3 of TAPP 2. In this article we will explain why and how we’ve improved TAPP 2 to make the product better for you and more sustainable for the planet.
We put a huge amount of effort in ensuring that the product would be simple to use and deliver clean tasty tap water in an affordable and sustainable way.
Since then more than 30,000 people have bought the product and thereby jointly avoided buying more than 20 million bottles of water.
Of course not everything was perfect. Designing and developing new products is never easy. Our first generation filters had issues such as:
We listened to the feedback, complaints from customers and looked at how people use the TAPP 2 filters at home. Our goal was to solve all the common issues including the hot water sensitive biodegradable cartridges, breaking switches, reusing the plastic casing of the cartridges, spray-flow, app issues for TAPP 2 Click, better e-mail reminders, enhanced impact stats, more robust packaging and more.
The result of the past 2 years effort is generation 3 of TAPP 2 which includes the following enhancements:
Reliability is everything. Our customers must be able to rely on TAPP 2 delivering clean tap water every day for years. The new product has been tested with real simulation of over 3 years of use, which means switching the filter on and off more than 15,000 times and running tens of thousands of litres of water through it.
With the improved version, we added two filtration layers to vastly improve filtering.
Simplified, the 5 stages now include:
Stage 1. Polypropylene screen wrapper (New)
This wraps around the carbon block and filters out larger microorganisms, sediment, silt, rust, scale particles and other impurities. It also protects the carbon block from being contaminated by human hands when it’s changed.
Stage 2: Activated Carbon Adsorption
The organic activated carbon removes chemical organic material, chlorine, chlorine byproducts (VOCs, THMs, HAAS, etc) taste, odor, pesticides, herbicides, PFAS and 50+ other contaminants. It also reduces heavy metals including lead, copper, mercury and more.
Stage 3: Carbon Block Microfiltration
The carbon block is highly compressed to prevent particles larger than 1-2 micrometers from passing through. This prevents for example all microplastics, suspended particles and most bacteria from passing through the filter. It also prevents most particles from pipe corrosion and biofilm (bacteria build inside the pipes) from passing through.
Stage 4: Limescale & heavy metal inhibition (New)
This is a proprietary formula used inside the carbon block that breaks down the mineral to prevent limescale from forming and further reduce heavy metals. Previously TAPP 2 only reduced limescale the first couple of weeks. With the improved version TAPP 2 reduces limescale with 80% up to 3 months*.
Stage 5: Strainer Mesh
Filters out hair, sand, dirt and other impurities from the pipes for the filtered water.
Although it might sound counter-intuitive that biodegradable plastic is less environmentally-friendly than recyclable plastic, we have realised that is not always the case. Based on the challenges of composting biodegradable materials, we decided to replace the biodegradable shell of our refills with recyclable and BPA-free plastic.
This has several advantages, including:
Overall it’s a big improvement for the product quality and the environment. TAPP 2 is the most sustainable faucet water filter available today.
The older version of TAPP 2 may cause some spray when using the filter with high pressure. For the improved version, we’ve enhanced the output hole so that the water flows more evenly.
The new refill cartridges for TAPP 2 works with the old version and vice versa so all filters and refill cartridges can still be used without issues.
This is the good news, because we’ve made it much easier.
Unscrew the cartridge open in reverse and:
Whereas we were previously dependent on industrial composting facilities and correct sorting of biodegradable plastics the new solution works everywhere for everyone where plastic recycling exists.
TAPP 2 Twist generation 3 is available from the 15th of August but will be introduced over time to customers depending on existing inventories.
If you have issues with your existing TAPP 2 filter then send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org including a video of the issue and the order number. If it’s a product issue, we will replace the water filter unit free of charge within 1-2 weeks.
Thank you for using TAPP Water products to reduce human impact on the planet. We will do our best to ensure that each and every one of our customers has the best possible experience.
The TAPP Water Team
* Note: TAPP 2 reduces limescale by 80% but does not reduce water hardness or TDS (total dissolved substances) including calcium and magnesium. All the healthy minerals remain but limescale is prevented from forming.
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