LifeStraw is a personal water filter designed to provide you with safe, clean drinking water in almost any situation. The easy-to-use filters have become a vital tool for some of the 780 million people around the globe who do not have access to safe drinking water. In fact, according to Vestergaard, contaminated water is the cause of more that 1.5 million deaths per year worldwide.

Lifestraw is a great product for a wide variety of users, from hikers and campers to those who simply do not have access to clean water. LifeStraw lets users drink directly from lakes, rivers or your water bottle. Simply put the lower part of the straw in the water, and sip through the other end. After drinking, blow back into it to clear the filter. LifeStraw filters over 264 gallons (1,000 liters) to 0.2 microns, which removes dangerous bacteria and protozoa. The removal rate exceeds EPA standards for water filtration. 

Lifestraw Go is ideal for campers and hikers. The award-winning lifestraw technology is combined with a durable water bottle, providing users with a portable source of clean water.

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Lifestraw Features and Specs:

  • Lightweight–only 56 grams (or 2 ounces)
  • Uses hollow fibre microfiltration technology
  • Purifies a minimum of 1000 litres (264 gallons) of water
  • Removes virtually all bacteria (99.9999 percent) and protozoan parasites (99.9 percent) that can contaminate water, including giardia
  • Reduces turbidity (muddiness) by filtering particulate matter larger than 0.2 microns
  • Made of durable plastic
  • Chemical-free
  • Doesn’t require electrical power, batteries or replacement parts–it’s powered by user-generated suction

Lifestraw Go Features and Specs:

    • BPA-free water bottle
    • Flip-top bite valve
    • Lanyard for attaching to a backpack
    • Uses hollow fibre microfiltration technology
    • Removes bacteria, protozoa, and turbidity from contaminated water
    • No after taste as it contains no iodine or iodinated resin chemicals (and is BPA-free)
    • Filters up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water
    • Filters up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of wate
    • Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction
    • Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction
    • Reduces turbidity (muddiness) by filtering particulate matter larger than 0.2 microns
    • Lightweight

This article originally published in AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN® 2014-#158 issue. Print and Digital Editions to AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN® magazine are available here

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