Drink up without worry using LifeStraw’s personal filter
More than 780 million people lack access to clean water across the globe. It’s a staggering number, especially when considering just how vital the liquid remains to all aspects of our health and daily lives. That said, there’s a bevy of renowned organizations working to provide clean water to rural villages and outposts in developing countries, many of which set up advanced filtration systems with accordance local governments and aid agencies. Switzerland-based Vestergaard Frandsen is one such company, providing a breakthrough means of curbing thirst in any situation since 2005 — even while trekking in the most remote regions on earth.
Designed to surpass the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for water filters, the LifeStraw ($20) removes up to 99.99 percent of waterborne bacteria and protozoan cysts, entirely without out the aid of iodine, chlorine, and other unwanted chemicals. The BPA-free, tube-like device weighs a mere 2 ounces and works without the aid batteries of moving parts, rendering it ideal for backcountry excursions where the only available water comes in the form of muddy ponds and dirty streams. The LifeStraw filters down to 0.2 microns using hollow-fiber membranes — which are essentially small tubes with even smaller pores — allowing the water to freely pass while preventing contaminants larger than 0.2 microns from passing through. The personal purifier is also remarkably affordable, providing more than 264 gallons of water before needing to be replaced. Simply uncap the top and drink away.
Best of all, the company uses a portion of the sales proceeds to distribute institutional water purifiers to schools located throughout Bungoma County, a rural region in Africa’s Western Province. No wonder the high-tech design has been distributed during nearly every major humanitarian disaster in the last decade, whether it be events in Haiti or Pakistan.