The LifeStraw® portable water filter, named “Best Innovation of the Year” by TIME Magazine in 2005, is the perfect solution when you don’t have access to safe and clean drinking water. LifeStraw® is extremely easy to use, very reliable and the filter enables you to safely drink water from contaminated water sources by transforming even the dirtiest water into clean drinking water. This makes it an ideal tool for hikers, campers and people who spend a lot of time outdoors in general.
LifeStraw® is also a valuable tool to have in your home for emergency situations such as storms or flooding when the local water source can get contaminated. LifeStraw® is developed for extreme conditions and is one of the most advanced and durable light weight water filters available today. Rigorous laboratory testing of LifeStraw® proves that its performance exceeds U.S.EPA water filtration requirements for bacteria and parasites, including Escherichia coli, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia lamblia, and other waterborne pathogens.
What makes the LifeStraw® so effective is the hollow-fiber microfiltration membrane. The manufacturer of LifeStraw®, Vestergaard, has used thousands of hours in its research facilities to master the technology. Explained in a very simple way, the inside of the LifeStraw® consists of a large number of strings looking very much like spaghetti. Each string is covered with very small holes with a diameter of 0.2 microns or five hundred times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The extremely small holes filter the water to a very high standard when the water passes through the membrane, and stops bacteria, parasites and turbidity from passing through.
How to use LifeStraw®
Anyone who can drink out of a straw can use LifeStraw® Personal and LifeStraw® Go. Simply place the LifeStraw® directly into the water source or pour the water into a cup and sip the water up through the straw – in the case of LifeStraw® Go – just fill the bottle with water. There can be a little resistance, the first time you use the straw, until the membrane is wet. When you’re finished drinking, simply blow air back through the straw to remove dirt and other materials. LifeStraw® Family, LifeStraw® Home, LifeStraw® Community and LifeStraw® Mission all work by the force of gravity.
LifeStraw® is ideal for…
Hiking & Camping
Access to clean water is critical while hiking. At only 56 grams, LifeStraw® Personal is the lightest and easiest way to filter water while on the go. LifeStraw® Personal accomplishes the same goal as other good water filters, but does so at just a tenth of the weight, and often a lot faster and with a less complicated process. If you consume the recommended 3-4 liters of water per day while hiking, LifeStraw® will last you between 250-330 days of hiking. If you are in a rush, there is no need to stop and filter water by the lake. Just scoop your water bottle full, and sip from it as you walk. Or, dip the end of the straw right into the lake and drink until you are hydrated.
Travel & Backpacking
Because the LifeStraw® Personal is so small and lightweight, it’s great to put in your backpack or to wear around your neck. It even fits in your pocket making it ideal for travel in countries with unreliable drinking water or if you visit areas where you are uncertain about the water quality. If you have ever been sick from drinking dirty water when travelling, you’ll understand the importance of drinking filtered water.
Emergency preparedness & Survival
In light of recent natural disasters, many people are realizing they cannot depend on their regular water supply during an emergency. Because LifeStraw® Personal is easy to use and portable, it’s perfect to have in an emergency preparedness kit or simply as an extra safety precaution at home. Buy a LifeStraw® Personal for each member in your household; it is a low cost investment in security.
The history of LifeStraw®
LifeStraw® was invented by the Swiss-based company Vestergaard in 2005 and the technology has since been deployed to almost every major natural disaster. The filter was originally developed for natural disasters and as a game-changing innovation for the millions of people in the developing world without access to clean and safe drinking water. The straw has won a number of prestigious awards for its unique design and functionality. The LifeStraw® technology has been used in more than 65 countries worldwide. Vestergaard is also the world’s biggest manufacturer of long-lasting insecticide treated malaria bed nets, which have played a significant role in the successful reduction of malaria during the last decade.
The company’s business model is based on a humanitarian entrepreneurship approach where doing good is good business. The company is dedicated to help achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The strength and the ease of use combined with its high quality and lightweight has now made LifeStraw® a favorite among the outdoor market in North America.
A&S Creations is proud to make LifeStraw® available to consumers in India where A&S Creations is the exclusive distributor.