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What is the Lifestraw® Personal Water Filter?

Drinking Water GraphicThere’s now a compact, personal water filter weighing just under two ounces that’s helping convert undrinkable water into safe drinking water and it’s being used throughout the world. This life-saving device is known as the LifeStraw®.

What Is The LifeStraw®?

Developed by Vestergaard Frandsen (a company specialized in disease control products), the LifeStraw® is part of their “point-of-use water interventions.” It’s a personal, portable water filter. Like other water filters, the LifeStraw® removes harmful contaminants from unsafe drinking water.

Where Is The LifeStraw® Used?

The LifeStraw® has been used since 2005 in developing countries to promote water pollution prevention. However, it is now available in the U.S. and Canada. While the U.S. and Canada don’t face the same water conditions as populations in developing countries, they can still be extremely useful.

Ideal settings for the LifeStraw® use:

  • Outdoor activities such as:
    • Camping
    • Backpacking
    • Biking
    • Hunting
    • Overseas travel
    • Emergency preparedness

How Does The LifeStraw® Work?

The LifeStraw® can be used by anyone. People use the LifeStraw® just like a regular straw, drawing unfiltered water up through the device. Water traveling through the straw is filtered and clean by the time it reaches the mouth. Air can be blow back through the straw by an attachable hand pump in order to clean the membrane cartridge and increase the life of the filter. Under proper use, the LifeStraw can last through at least 1,000 liters of water.

How the Lifestraw WorksHow The Lifestraw Works

*Note: There is also a LifeStraw® Family filter that filters up to 18,000 liters of water through its lifetime, which is enough to supply a family of five with clean water for three years. See product below:LifeStraw Filter

How It Stands Against Other Techniques:

Portable Water Filter Performance Chart

Clearing the world of unsafe drinking water isn’t an easy task, but the LifeStraw® is making a difference. To learn more about the LifeStraw®, visit their website.

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