LifeStraw is a brand of portable water filtration devices designed to filter out waterborne pathogens and contaminants, making water safe to drink in emergencies or areas with poor water quality. The original LifeStraw is a personal water filter designed to be used like a straw, allowing people to drink directly from contaminated water sources without needing additional equipment or chemicals. LifeStraw has since expanded its product line to include other portable water filtration devices, such as water bottles and purifiers, and community-scale filtration systems for larger groups of people.
LifeStraw products are considered reliable and effective at removing waterborne pathogens and contaminants. The filters used in LifeStraw products are designed to meet strict performance standards set by organizations such as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The original LifeStraw personal water filter has been independently tested and certified to meet the EPA’s “highly protective” standards for removing bacteria and protozoa, including E. coli, Salmonella, and Giardia. The LifeStraw Go water bottle, including a built-in filter, is certified to remove 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoan parasites.
LifeStraw products can be an excellent gift for people who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and backpacking. These activities often involve being away from reliable sources of clean drinking water. A portable water filtration device like a LifeStraw can be an emergency lifesaver. Additionally, people living in areas with poor water quality or at risk of natural disasters can benefit from having a LifeStraw as part of their emergency preparedness kit.
LifeStraw products have a shelf life of up to 5 years when stored properly and do not have an expiration date. However, it is essential to note that the filter can become clogged or less effective over time or with heavy use, so it is recommended to replace the filter after filtering the maximum amount of water indicated by the manufacturer. The original LifeStraw personal water filter filters up to 1,000 litres (264 gallons) of water. In contrast, the LifeStraw Go water bottle filter is designed to filter up to 1,000 litres (264 gallons) of water or last for up to one year, whichever comes first.
It is also essential to properly store and maintain the LifeStraw product to ensure optimal performance. After each use, the filter should be blown out to remove excess water and dry thoroughly before storage. The product should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Following these guidelines can help ensure that the LifeStraw product remains effective and reliable when needed.