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LifeStraw water filters and purifiers make contaminated water safe to drink. Specific LifeStraw products have been designed to best serve specific consumers including outdoor enthusiasts and travelers, and for emergency preparedness. LifeStraw products for Specific public health use are designed for people in developing communities where there isn’t direct access to safe water, and for victims of natural disasters.
The evolution of LifeStraw has been a remarkable journey. It started in 1994 when the Carter Center approached LifeStraw’s parent company, Vestergaard, to develop a filter that could remove Guinea worm larvae from water it was contaminating. Vestergaard designed a cloth filter but then evolved it into a more effective pipe form in 1999. Today, more than 37 million LifeStraw Guinea Worm filters have contributed to the near-eradication of the disease.
Inspired by the impact of the LifeStraw Guinea Worm filter, Vestergaard worked to develop a product that could filter out virtually all of the microbiological contaminants that make water unsafe to drink. The result was LifeStraw technology, introduced in 2005 as a personal “straw-like” filter. In 2008, LifeStraw technology was adapted for in-home use and the LifeStraw portfolio has continued to evolved to include the high-volume LifeStraw Community purifier for institutional settings like schools and clinics, the LifeStraw Go refillable water bottle and LifeStraw Mission, a high-volume, collapsible bag ideal for campsites, group hikes and expeditions. Today LifeStraw is used in water products and projects in more than 64 countries around the world.