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LifeStraw Water Filters Details

The LifeStraw® is an ultra portable drinking water filter for backcountry use, for emergency water purification and for water filtration while travelling. It’s a personal-use water purifier that makes water from many contaminated sources safe to drink.

How it works

The award-winning LifeStraw® contains tiny filters that exclude bacteria and protozoa from drinking water. Place one end in questionable water (a glass, water bottle, river or even a puddle) and suck the water up through the Lifestraw for clean water.

Portable drinking water purification for camping & hiking

Lightweight and compact, the LifeStraw® is an ideal portable water purifier for camping and hiking. You can dip it into a lake or stream and drink. No waiting and no nasty-tasting purification chemicals required for safe hydration.

Water filtration for travel

The LifeStraw® is also a great travel companion when visiting regions with questionable water supplies that may contain harmful bacteria and micro-organisms. The LifeStraw® has been used successfully in Africa and India since 2005.

Emergency preparedness and the LifeStraw®

The LifeStraw® is an inexpensive personal and portable water filter. One for each member of the family is a great addition to any emergency preparedness kit.

Time-tested and award-winning product

The LifeStraw® was the winner of Time magazine’s “Best Invention of 2005”. It has been used successfully in developing countries to assist in achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals for clean drinking water since 2005.

Manufactured by company based in Switzerland
The LifeStraw® is manufactured by Vestergaard Frandsen, which is a Switzerland-based company specializing in disease control products for developing countries.


Drinking water filtration capabilities

LifeStraw® surpasses EPA guidelines for Escherichia coli and Cryptosporidium oocysts and rigorous standards for water filtration.

  • Filters 1000 litres (264 gallons) of water
  • Removes 99.99999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 7 reduction)
  • Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction)
  • Clarifies muddy water
  • Fine filtration capability to 0.2 microns
  • Ultra light weight – just 2oz (57g)
  • No chemicals, no batteries, no moving parts
  • BPA-free
  • Very high flow rate
  • Easy to clean
  • Very durable
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Bacteria removed include

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

Protozoa removed include

  • Giardia lamblia (“Beaver Fever”)
  • Cryptosporidium Parvu
  • Entamoeba histolytica

Important note
The LifeStraw® does not filter chemicals, heavy metals or viruses.
It will not desalinate water.