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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

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LifeStraw is the award-winning personal water filter, designed to provide you with safe, clean drinking water in any situation. The ideal water filter for hiking & camping, travel, emergency preparedness & survival, LifeStraw makes contaminated or suspect water safe to drink.

LifeStraw Buy One, Give One: for every LifeStraw water filter sold, a child in Africa receives clean water for an entire school year. read more

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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), including E-Coli
  • Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction), including Giardia & Cryptosporidium
  • 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
LifeStraw Buy One, Give One

For every LifeStraw® water filter sold, we provide a child in Africa with clean water for an entire school year.

When you purchase any type of LifeStraw® filter, we use part of the funds to donate LifeStraw® Community institutional water purifiers to schools in Africa. LifeStraw® Community is specifically designed to deliver clean, safe water to school children by removing waterborne pathogens and dirt commonly found in source water.

Eartheasy's goal is to provide clean water to 500 schools in Kenya in 2014. Thank you for supporting this mission!

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 suspended particles.

Bacteria removed include:

  • Escherichia coli,
  • Campylobacter,
  • Vibrio cholerae,
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
  • Shigella
  • Salmonella

Protozoa removed include:

  • Giardia lamblia ("Beaver Fever")
  • Cryptosporidium Parvum
  • Entamoeba histolytica.

Specifications:

  • 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 hydrated.

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 around camp.

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 2005.” In 2008, it won the Saatchi and Saatchi Award for “World Changing Ideas”. Esquire 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.

History:

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 Africa.

LifeStraw Retailers:

Interested in buying Life Straw Personal Water Filter from a dealer near you? Click to see our store locator map, with a complete list of retail stores selling the LifeStraw.

Wholesale Inquiries: Eartheasy is the master wholesale distributor for the USA and Canada. Please email dealers@eartheasy.com for information on selling Life Straws in your retail store.

LifeStraw Family:

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.

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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. Certain products have extended warranties (up to 50 years!) that are listed on the particular product page. Please call us at 1-888-451-6752 if you need further clarification.

Additional Information

Water Filtered Per LifeStraw Guaranteed up to 1,000 Liters (264 Gallons). (Tested up to 1,600 Liters)
Weight 2 Ounces (0.125 lbs)
Dimensions 9 inches long, 1 inch in diameter
Key Feature Ultralight, innovative, and highly effective. Tested in the harshest conditions since 2005.
Manufacturer Vestergaard Frandsen
Origin Made in South Korea

Shipping Information

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  • From Mike at 9/19/11 11:55 AM
    • Buy LifeStraw in Canada - will you ship it to me in Canada?
    • Yes, Mike. We do ship LifeStraw to Canada.
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  • From Joan at 9/26/11 1:09 PM
    • Will the LifeStraw filter salt water? I mean, will life straw desalinate?
    • The LifeStraw will not desalinate water.

      It will not remove the salt from water, but it will remove parasites and bacteria from salty water, although the salt will decrease the lifespan of the LifeStraw.

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  • From Max at 9/26/11 1:11 PM
    • How many liters / gallons of water will the Lifestraw filter? How long will it last if I store it in my preparedness kit?
    • The LifeStraw will filter 1000 liters of water, which is 264 gallons. It will last for 5 years when stored at room temperature.(Testing for long term storage has only been underway for 5 years, which is why this figure is used to state product life expectancy. It is likely that this life expectation will be extended as the testing duration is extended.)
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  • From Rachel at 9/26/11 2:24 PM
    • Does the life straw have any chemicals or iodine in it? I heard it does.
    • The LifeStraw used to contain Iodine, but it no longer does. The current LifeStraw contains no Iodine or chemicals at all.
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  • From Holly at 9/29/11 10:02 AM
    • How do I know when the LifeStraw has filtered the 1000 liters and is used up?
    • The LifeStraw will stop drawing water through the filter after 1000 liters of use.
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  • From Sam at 9/29/11 10:46 AM
    • Do you sell the life straw family filter yet? When will the lifestraw family water filter be available?
    • The LifeStraw family water filter is not yet available for sale, but we expect that it will be on the market to purchase mid 2012. If you would like a notification on when the LifeStraw Family is ready to buy, please send an email to info@eartheasy.com
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  • From Darrell at 9/30/11 8:13 AM
    • Can the LifeStraw be used to fill a waterbottle rather than sucking on the straw?
    • The LifeStraw is designed to deliver water through the mouthpiece. It is not designed to deliver water to a vessel, like a water bottle.
      I suppose you could rig a siphon tube to do this.
      A common way of using a water bottle with a LifeStraw is to simply dip your water bottle into the water source and scoop it up full of water. Then you can slip the LifeStraw into the water bottle, since it is narrower than the opening of most water bottles. You can drink from the mouthpiece which protrudes just enough from the typical water bottle. It is very easy to do this.You can see this done in some of our product images and in our product video.
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  • From Dave at 10/10/11 10:49 AM
    • Does the LifeStraw last 5 years after it is first used, or 5 years after it is made. Can I store an unopened LifeStraw and use it after 5 years assuming I don't open it?
    • The LifeStraw shelf life is five years from manufacturing, and each LifeStraw comes with a date stamp so you can confirm this. There is no reason why the LifeStraw should degrade when stored at room temperature, but as they have not been tested after sitting for five years the manufacturer can not guarantee them past that point.
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  • From Sandra at 10/10/11 11:02 AM
    • if lifestraw removes turbidity, muddiness, then it must become very dirty and clogged up long before 1000 liters are filtered. How can it be cleaned? Also, how can you you when you are nearing the 1000 liters of use.
    • After every use, you just blow the water out of the LifeStraw to clean it. If you are consistently drinking from very turbid water then the LifeStraw may have a shortened lifespan, but by consistently blowing the water out after each use this should be mitigated.

      You can tell when you are reaching the 1000 liter limit when it becomes very difficult to suck water through the straw. When you are no longer able to suck water through the LifeStraw it has reached the end of it's life.
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  • From Curtistine Earnest at 10/10/11 8:08 PM
    • Once the LifeStraw has reached the end of it's life, are there replacement fliters or do you just buy a new LifeStraw?
    • The LifeStraw is not designed for filter replacement. You would need to buy a new LifeStraw.
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