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LifeStraw presonal water filtration element

The LifeStraw personal water filter, the "Best Invention of 2005" (Time magazine), enables users to drink water safely from contaminated water sources.   LifeStraw is ideal for homeowners during emergencies such as local flooding which can contaminate municipal drinking water supplies.  LifeStraw is also ideal for campers and hikers who must drink from rivers or lakes and are unsure of the water quality.  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.
For every ten LifeStraws sold, the US distributor of LifeStraw donates one to dveloping countries through the manufacturer’s partnership with Rotary International.  Since 2005, LifeStraw has been used in developing countries to assist in achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals for clean drinking water. is excited to help with this very worthwile lifesaving effort.

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 - only 2 ounces
  • Contains no chemicals (BPA-free)  no batteries, no moving parts
  • Very high flow rate
  • Easy to clean
  • Very durable
  • Used worldwide in harsh conditions since 2005
  • Award winning & internationally recognized
  • 1 year warranty

What LifeStraw removes/filters:
LifeStraw filters down to an incredible, 0.2 microns in size!  This removes virtually all 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 cholera
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Shigella
  • Salmonella
Protozoa removed include:
  • Giardia lamblia
  • Cryptosporidium Parvum
  • Entamoeba histolytica

Note:  LifeStraw doesn't currently filter heavy metals or viruses, nor does it desalinate water.


  • 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.
  • Shelf Life: 5 years when stored at room temperature. (Product package may state shelf life of 3 years, but this will be corrected on newer packaging. The actual shelf life is 5 years.)
  • Included: Comes with a lanyard, and caps for the mouthpiece and inlet

How to use:
The patented LifeStraw is a small tube with specialized filters inside. Place one end in unfiltered water and suck the resulting clean water up through the top. Anyone who can use a drinking straw can easily use a LifeStraw.

LifeStraw for Travel:
Because 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 your LifeStraw.

LifeStraw for Hiking & Camping:
Access to clean water is critical when in the backcountry; LifeStraw accomplishes the same thing as other filters, but does it at just a tenth of the weight.  If you’re into long-distance or 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.

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 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 it 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 Africa.

  • Model: LifeStraw
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5lbs
  • Manufactured by: LifeStraw