Changing Lives with an Innovative Product

LifestrawIn 2005, LifeStraw started its campaign to provide safe drinking water for Kenyans and since then it has gone on to be recognized as one of the most innovative products on the planet by the likes of Time, Saatchi & Saatchi, Esquire, and Forbes. Why? Because you can drink directly out of a dirty muddy puddle with it and be safe.

Going beyond EPA standards for water, the LifeStraw eliminates protozoa and bacteria down to .2 microns. It removes some of the most common causes for illnesses:

  • Escherichia coli
  • Campylobacter
  • Vibrio cholerae
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Shigella
  • Salmonella
  • Giardia lamblia
  • Cryptosporidium Parvum
  • Entamoeba histolytica.

To use the LifeStraw, you simply uncap the bottom and submerge the end in water, uncap the top, and use it like a straw to drink directly from an unpurified water source. It’s best to fill up your water bottle from the top of the water source to reduce the amount of sediment captured. Then use the LifeStraw for portable water to take with you. However, you can just get comfy and drink straight from any water source.

The LifeStraw weighs about two ounces and doesn’t require any chemicals or batteries—it works just by the force of sucking water through it. Follow these tips to best use a LifeStraw:

  • If the LifeStraw is dry, suck quickly five times through the mouthpiece in succession to get it started. Once water starts to flow, it’ll go more easily. If you still can’t get it started, let it soak up water from the end for a minute or two and then give it another try.
  • Clear it out by blowing the water out after every use. If you’re drinking water with a lot of sediment, it might become clogged and doing a blow out will help restore the flow.
  • The LifeStraw wears out at 426 gallons of water or three years, whichever comes first.
  • Note that it does not filter out heavy metals or viruses nor desalinate water, but these issues are rarely encountered when in North American backcountry.
  • Keep the filter from extreme heat or cold because it might crack. If you’re camping in winter, keep it in your sleeping bag at night and in your pocket during the day.

We have LifeStraws in stock and they’re a great tool to use if you’re going out on a trip, traveling globally, or even just making an emergency kit for home.

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