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LifeStraw Family 1.0

Item #: LSF101402

List price: $89.95

Our price: $74.95 You save $15.00 (17%)


LifeStraw Family, the award-winning and internationally recognized water filter & purifier, is now available in North America. LifeStraw Family is a point-of-use microbiological water purifier capable of removing viruses, bacteria and protozoa (parasites) to protect against waterborne diseases. It filters up to 18,000 liters of water, enough to supply clean drinking water for a family of five for up to three years.
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LifeStraw Family is a large volume water purifier providing up to 4750 gallons or 18000 liters of water, enough to supply a family of five with clean drinking water for up to three years. It's useful to have at home to purify contaminated tap water in the event of boil water advisories or emergency situations. In a worst-case scenario, you can rely on the LifeStraw Family to purify water from any freshwater source near your home.

Lightweight and portable, LifeStraw Family is perfect for point-of-use water filtration while travelling or camping in remote areas. It makes filtering water a breeze at base camps, while vehicle camping or camping with groups.

Features & Benefits:

  • Filters up to 4,750 gallons or 18,000 liters of water to 0.02 microns (20 nm)
  • Removes minimum 99.999% of viruses (>LOG 5 reduction)
  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)
  • Removes minimum 99.99% of protozoan cysts (>LOG 4 reduction)
  • Requires no electrical power, batteries, or replacement parts
  • Requires no running water or piped-in water supply
  • Flow-rate of 9-12 liters/hour
  • 2 liter Capacity
  • Has an easy-to-clean pre-filter and purification cartridge
  • All raw materials are US FDA compliant or equivalent
  • Internationally recognized & award-winning water filter
  • Used worldwide in harsh conditions since 2005

LifeStraw Family

How LifeStraw Family Works:

LifeStraw Family uses advanced hollow fiber technology. Water is forced through narrow fibers under high pressure. Clean water exits through tiny pores in the walls of the hollow fibers, but bacteria, viruses, protozoa and other contaminants are trapped inside the hollow fibers and are flushed out by backwashing. This is a highly efficient method of filtration.

  • The feed water bucket (2 liter capacity) is filled with water.
  • The 80-micron textile pre-filter (inside the feed water bucket) removes coarser particles and is easy to clean.
  • Water passes through the meter-long blue PVC hose and gravity creates sufficient pressure on the membrane cartridge in order to reach a high flow rate.
  • Ultra filtration takes place in the hollow fiber membrane cartridge - a pore size of 20 nanometers (0.02 microns) retains bacteria, viruses, parasites and fine dirt particles.
  • The blue tap is turned to release purified water.
  • Backwash the membrane by squeezing the red backwash bulb 3 times with both taps closed and then releasing the dirty water from the red tap. Water from the red tap should never be consumed.

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.

Since 2014, we provided 316,000 school children or 631 schools in rural Kenya with safe, clean drinking water, thanks to sales of LifeStraw in North America. Thank you for supporting this mission!

The Science Behind LifeStraw:

Backed by serious research in our international labs and extensive testing in the field, LifeStraw and LifeStraw Family have been distributed to nearly every major international humanitarian disaster since 2005 and in broad public health campaigns in the millions.

The same high-tech design used in places like Haiti, Indonesia, South Africa, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan and Bangladesh is now available in the USA and Canada.

Common Questions:

Does the LifeStraw Family 1.0 require a power source?

The LifeStraw Family 1.0 is a gravity filter and does not require any power source. No batteries or electricity is needed.

Does the LifeStraw Family 1.0 remove viruses with iodine?

The LifeStraw Family 1.0 filters out contaminants without electricity, moving parts or chemicals. It will remove 99.999% of viruses through advanced filtering technology.

Does the LifeStraw Family 1.0 filter out salt water and/or chemicals?

The LifeStraw Family 1.0 is designed for the backcountry and will filter out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites and 99.999% of viruses and. Salt water and chemicals will not be removed.

Can I buy replacement parts or filters for the LifeStraw Family 1.0?

There are no replacement parts or filters available for the LifeStraw Family 1.0. The LifeStraw Family 1.0 filters 18,000L of water. This means that if used daily, a family of 5 can receive clean drinking water for 3 years.

How will I know when the LifeStraw Family 1.0 has reached 18,000L of water?

LifeStraw Family 1.0 has an auto-clog mechanism. If the product does not deliver water despite the backwashing and pre-filter cleaning, it means that the life of the product is over. LifeStraw Family 1.0 will filter on average about 10 liters of water an hour and can filter more than 18,000 liters over the product's lifecycle. That is enough to provide a typical family of five up to three years worth of clean and safe water.

Can I drink pool water with LifeStraw products?

Pool water contains chlorine and other chemicals. LifeStraw products can only filter out bacteria and parasites, not chemicals.

How do you know when your LifeStraw has reached capacity?

When your LifeStraw has reached capacity, it will no longer be able to draw water through the filter. To extend the life of your LifeStraw, please follow the instructions on the manual to properly back flush the unit.

How does your donation model work?

For every LifeStraw product sold, one school child in Africa receives clean drinking water for an entire school year. This year, we will be providing clean drinking water to 500 schools in Kenya. For more information, check out our Follow The Liters campaign.

What is the shelf life of LifeStraw products?

LifeStraw products use mechanical filters to remove contaminants from the water source. No chemicals or moving parts are involved within the filtering process, meaning nothing will expire. If stored in room temperature, the LifeStraw will last indefinitely until it reaches capacity...even after use!


LifeStraw is manufactured by Vestergaard Frandsen, a Swiss company specializing in disease control products for developing countries. Their core business model is centered around corporate social responsibility, and helping countries reach their United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals with products designed to prevent vector and water-borne diseases.

Awards & Accolades:

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 & Saatchi Award for "World Changing Ideas." Esquire called LifeStraw the "Innovation of the Year." Forbes stated LifeStraw is "one of the ten things that will change the way we live."

Awards & Accolades

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:

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, the LifeStraw makes contaminated or suspect water safe to drink. Please click here to learn more about LifeStraw Personal Water Filter.

LifeStraw Retailers:

Interested in buying LifeStraw 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 for information on selling LifeStraws in your retail store.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

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

Capacity Guaranteed up to 18,000 Liters (4,750 Gallons)
Weight 1.6 lb.
Dimensions 2L Capacity
Key Feature Large volume, point-of-use water purifier filtering down to 0.02 microns. Removes viruses, bacteria, parasites and turbidity from water.
Manufacturer Vestergaard Frandsen
Origin Made in South Korea

Shipping Information

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Insured against damage or loss while in transit
This Product Ships To:
US & Canada
Ships Via:
Fedex, UPS, or USPS

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  • From Fred at 9/17/13 11:10 AM
    • Is the shelf life of the family version 5yrs, like the regular lifestraw?
    • There is no shelf life for the LifeStraw Family. It can be stored indefinately. Also the shelf life has been revised for the LifeStraw Personal - there is no time limit on its storage.
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  • From Andy at 9/19/13 3:34 PM
    • Is there a method to monitor the life of the filter? In other words, how will I know when I am nearing the 18,000 liter mark?
    • There is no usage monitor. LifeStraw® Family has an auto-clog mechanism. If the product does not deliver water despite the backwashing and pre-filter cleaning, it means that the life of the product is over.
      LifeStraw® Family will filter on average about 10 liters of water an hour and can filter more than 18,000 liters over the product's lifecycle. That is enough to provide a typical family of five up to three years worth of clean and safe water.
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  • From John Stevens at 9/19/13 4:14 PM
    • The lifestraw does not filter virus's, the Family 1.0 says it does filter virus's. Is this done with Iodine or is it safe for paople sensitive to Iodine?
    • Yes, the LifeStraw Family 1.0 does filter 99.99% of viruses. This is done with advanced filtering technology that does not use iodine.
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  • From Crittercares at 9/24/13 7:22 PM
    • Are parts and filters replaceable or available or do you have to buy a whole new unit at the end of the product filtration life?
    • There are no replaceable filters. At the end of the filtration life, you would have to buy a new one. The LifeStraw Family filters 18,000L of water, so it would be a very long time before the filter gets clogged. If 5 people use the Family everyday, it would take 3 years for the filter to expire.
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  • From Rachelle at 11/4/13 7:17 AM
    • Can this be used for ocean water?
    • No. LifeStraw Family does not desalinate seawater.
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  • From dena at 11/13/13 11:09 PM
    • Does this filter out giardia and the like?
    • Yes. LifeStraw does filter out Giardia, Cryptosporidium and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites.
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  • From Carolyn at 3/6/14 3:03 PM
    • Does it need a power source? e.g., batteries or electricity?
    • LifeStraw Family does not require any power source. There are no batteries or electricity needed.
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  • From Ryan at 12/1/14 7:14 PM
    • Are the instructions written in English only?
    • The instructions for LifeStraw Family 1.0 are written in English, French and Spanish.
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  • From Jeff at 2/28/16 4:45 AM
    • What is the process for long term storage after use? Can this be used for a period of time and then put back in storage for future use or is it designed for daily use only?
    • The LifeStraw Family can be used once or twice, or periodically, and then stored long-term without any problems. After using the filter, backwash it once or twice and leave it in an open room for a few hours so the filter can dry. Then it can be placed back in its plastic bag, or any storage container, and can be stored for as long as desired. There is no loss of efficacy, the filter will still deliver full filtration and it's lifespan will not be affected.
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  • From Oma Vic at 9/25/16 8:14 PM
    • What kind of plastic is it made of? Is the plastic safe?
    • The LifeStraw family is made from BPA free plastic. Yes it is safe!
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