LifeStraw is a portable water filter designed to be used by one person to filter water so that they may safely drink it. It filters a maximum of 1000 litres of water, enough for one person for one year. It removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of parasites. It contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. Perfect for the great outdoors, LifeStraw can be used almost anywhere in the great outdoors including biking trips, hiking, camping, hunting, safari, road trips, emergency preparedness, or travel in the developing world. It is a highly effective solution for protecting you from waterborne disease when you do not have access to treated water. Designed by Danish innovator Torben Vestergaard Frandsen the straw is made of plastic which contains a number of internal filters and an iodine impregnated chamber.
Like a normal drinking straw, the Lifestraw is operated purely by the user sucking on the end of the straw and so no electricity/batteries are required which means your Lifestraw is always operational. As each Lifestraw is only 25cm (10 inches) long and 29mm (just over 1 inch) in diameter, it is the essential addition to any emergency survival kit be it for the home, vehicle or back-pack. The filtration process effectively removes waterborne micro organisms down to 6 microns and uses iodine effectively to remove all iodine sensitive organisms such as Shigella, Salmonella, Staphylococcus Aureus and E .Coli which cause Diarrhea, Dysentery, Typhoid, and Cholera.
LifeStraw has been praised in the international media and won several awards including “Best Invention of 2005″ by Time Magazine.