LifeStraw is a portable water filtration system that acts as, unsurprisingly, a straw that filters your water. Even the filthiest of water can go in your straw at the bottom and when it reaches your lips it is clean pure water. Aside from being a handy tool to keep in your emergency kit, this does leaps and bounds for humanitarian efforts around the world!
Nearly 43% of the worlds' population goes without safe drinkable water every day. The LifeStraw is a relatively affordable solution that can help solve that.
- Offers easy access to clean and safe drinking water.
- Filters at least 1,000L of water.
- Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria
- Reduces turbidity by filtering particles of approximately 0.2 microns
- Contains no chemicals
- Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts
For the mere cost of 30 dollars. This doesn't seem like so much to people in the first world, but this could be a lifesaving revolution to those in poorer countries where water born diseases run unchecked. There are many organizations that absorb 25 dollars of the cost and only charge a donator five dollars, and I encourage you to seek out your nearest LifeStraw stocking organization and do so.
In Africa 50% of all hospital beds are filled due to water born illness. 30,00 deaths occur each week due to drinking contaminated water, 90% of which are children under five with their still weak immune systems.
The people at LifeStraw have even made a 'family' version that acts as a funnel and can supply a whole family with up to 18,000L of water. That's enough to supply a family of four for 3 years!
I have really not seen something so inspiring in a long time. No more expensive, difficult to use water filtration systems where you have to teach people to use it and they usually have some sort of chemical in them anyway. LifeStraw is 'hand out and go'. It's really a great solution to world thirst. Now if they could invent a fork that turns dirt into food, right?