The LifeStraw personal water filter, a "Best Invention of the Year" (Time magazine) winner,
enables users to drink water safely from contaminated water sources.
LifeStraw is ideal for homeowners during emergencies such as local
flooding which can contaminate drinking water supplies. LifeStraw is
also ideal for campers and hikers who may be drinking from rivers or
lakes and are unsure of the water safety. Because LifeStraw is
lightweight and compact, it is also great for travelers who do not want
to rely on the quality of local water.
LifeStraw is the most advanced personal water filter available today.
LifeStraw surpasses EPA guidelines for E. coli, Giardia, and
Cryptosporidium oocysts, rigorous standards for water filtration.
Eartheasy is the official wholesale distributor and retail launch
partner for LifeStraw, which is now available for US and Canadian
customers to purchase. Since 2005, LifeStraw has been used in developing
countries to assist in achieving the United Nations’ Millennium
Development Goals for clean drinking water. We’re excited to help launch
this useful product in North America.
Features & Benefits
- Filters up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water
- Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)
- Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction)
- Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns
- Ultralight: weighs only 2oz!
- Does NOT use iodine or iodinized resin
- Contains no chemicals (and is BPA-free), uses no batteries, has no moving parts
- Very high flow rate; no after taste (because no iodine or chlorine are used)
- Easy to clean. Can be stored and used periodically. Just keep uncapped so it can dry thoroughly.
- Very durable
- No shelf life. LifeStraw can be stored indefinitely. (Former shelf life estimates have been revised.)
- Used worldwide in harsh conditions since 2005
- Award winning & internationally recognized
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 with the donation
of LifeStraw Community water purifiers to schools. We also have a tree
planted for every order through our partnership with Trees for the
What LifeStraw removes/filters:
LifeStraw filters down to an incredible, 0.2 microns in size! This
removes virtually all the bacteria (99.9999%) and protozoa (99.9%) from
contaminated water, and reduces turbidity (muddiness) by filtering out
Bacteria removed include:
- Escherichia coli,
- Vibrio cholerae,
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
Protozoa removed include:
- Giardia lamblia ("Beaver Fever")
- Cryptosporidium Parvum
- Entamoeba histolytica.
- Length: 9 inches
- Width: 1 inch
- Weight: 2 ounces
- Construction: durable plastic. Does not require replacement parts or batteries, or any chemicals.
- Capacity: filters up to 264 gallons (1000 liters) of water.
- Included: Comes with a lanyard, and a cap for the mouth piece and end piece
How to use:
The patented LifeStraw is a small tube with specialized filters
inside. Place one end in unfiltered water (a glass, water bottle, river,
or puddle!), and suck the resulting clean water up through the top.
Anyone who can use a drinking straw can easily use a LifeStraw.
Before use, uncap the LifeStraw and hold it upright in water for a
minute. This allows the water to creep up the filter membrane. Then do
five quick sucks and the water will flow easily. When drinking from
muddy water, you may have to blow back down into it to purge out the
turbidity if the flow slows or stops.
LifeStraw for Travel & Backpacking:
Because the LifeStraw is so small and lightweight, it’s great for
travel overseas in countries with unreliable drinking water. If you’ve
ever been sick while travelling, you know the importance of drinking
filtered water! Make sure to drink all water through the LifeStraw.
LifeStraw for Hiking & Camping:
Access to clean water is critical while hiking. LifeStraw
accomplishes the same thing as other filters, but does it at just a
tenth of the weight. If you’re ultra-light hiking, this is a must.
At only 2 oz, it’s the lightest way of filtering water while on the go.
If you consume the recommended 3-4 liters of water per day while
hiking, LifeStraw will last you for between 250-330 days of hiking. If
you’re in a rush, there’s 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’re
As a hiking or camping water filter, the LifeStraw provides great
convenience. A purifier or pump filter is great, but it takes a fair
amount of time to wait for the purification or filtering to complete.
Instead, experience the convenience of drinking directly from the water
source using your LifeStraw. Perfect when you are hiking, or relaxing
LifeStraw for Emergency Preparedness & Survival:
In light of recent natural disasters, many people are realizing they
cannot depend on their city water during an emergency. A water filter
that’s lightweight, easy-to-use, and portable is important to have in
your emergency preparedness kit. Buy a LifeStraw for each member in your
household - it's a low-cost investment in security.
Awards and recognition:
LifeStraw has received significant accolades since its original design was invented in 2005. Time
Magazine named LifeStraw the “Best Invention of 2006.” In 2008, it won
the Saatchi and Saatchi Award for “World Changing Ideas”
called LifeStraw the “Innovation of the Year.” And Forbes noted that
LifeStraw is “one of the ten things that will change the way we live.”
Now that LifeStraw has launched in the USA and Canada, we expect
continued positive responses.
LifeStraw is manufactured by Vestergaard Frandsen, which is a
Switzerland-based company specializing in disease control products for
developing countries. Their core business model is centered around
corporate social responsibility, and they help countries reach their
United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals with products designed to
prevent vector- and water-borne diseases. LifeStraws are shipped
throughout the world to countries in need including Haiti, Pakistan, and
LifeStraw Family, the award-winning and internationally recognized
water filter, is now available in the U.S. & Canada. LifeStraw
Family is a larger capacity microbiological water purifier capable of
filtering up to 18,000 liters of water, enough to supply clean drinking
water for a family of five for up to three years. Please
click here to learn more about LifeStraw Family.
We want you to be completely
satisfied with every purchase you make. If you are in any way
dissatisfied with a product you ordered, we'll exchange it, replace it
or refund your money within 30 days of purchase. Simply email us the
problem, and we'll take care of you.