LifeStraw purifies water instantly and inexpensively: it is a solution that can provide millions of under-privileged people with safe drinking water, 900 million people in the world are without access to safe drinking water. That’s a serious problem. Announced to the world in 2005, the LifeStraw invention is a in the right direction towards tackling this problem. Swiss-based Vestergaard Frandsen designed two LifeStraw products: the and
LifeStraw technology effectively purifies water without any use of chemicals. There is no need for batteries, and there are no moving parts. The patented filtration system relies only on suction (LifeStraw) or gravity (LifeStraw Family) to purify the water.
LifeStraw can provide 1000 litres of safe drinking water, which is enough for one person per year. LifeStraw is easy to use as it functions like a regular straw, you simply suck on it and the water will start flowing. It is also compact and easy to carry. LifeStraw removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of parasites. It costs around $20 in the USA, and is cheaper or subsidized for places in need. That makes it a relatively inexpensive solution that could serve a lot of people.
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Sofia Martinez -Villalpando, BSc