October 11, 2013
Upon contact with any water supply, the LifeStraw drinking water filter can remove 99.9999% of bacteria at the moment of drinking. It sounds almost too good to be true. It sounds like magic. It’s not. This remarkable water filter from Vestergaard Frandsen, a Switzerland-based international company with a passion for humanitarian responsibility.
It is estimated that 43% of the global population lack access to safe drinking water today. The World Health Organization/UNICEF’s Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation has reported that approximately 884 million people still use unimproved sources of drinking water. This leaves much of the world population suffering and dying from waterborne diseases and diarrhea.
The LifeStraw has become the palm tree in the barren desert for many people around the globe. It is a blue plastic pipe filter that requires no electricity and filters up to 264 gallons of water. It is able to remove 99.999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites without the use of iodine or chlorine. In addition, it contains no chemicals and is BPA free. It is no wonder that it was once a Time magazine: “Best invention of the Year,” winner.
Vestergaard Frandsen is a disease control textile company with a passion for humanitarianism which explains why the cost of LifeStraw is so incredibly affordable. They are committed to the UN development goals and are focused on disease prevention. Besides the LifeStraw, another live saving invention of theirs includes PermaNet, which is being used to prevent and control malaria.
For people in the western world with access to safe drinking water, this means something to use for camping, hiking, traveling and being prepared in case of an emergency. For impoverished nations with little to no access to safe water, this means life. The name of the invention is beyond suiting.
LifeStraw can be purchased at the official wholesale distributor Eartheasy or at various websites and locations which can be found here. It is noted on Eartheasy’s website that for each LifeStraw sold in North America, one school child in the developing world receives clean water for an entire school year. This is accomplished through a donation and they also plant a tree for every order made.
LifeStraw is a great non-traditional gift to keep in mind for the upcoming holiday season!
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