Manufacturer: Vestergaard Frandsen 205-LSF101402
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.
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 99.99% of viruses (more than LOG 4 reduction)
Removes minimum 99.9999% of bacteria (more than LOG 6 reduction)
Removes minimum 99.9% of protozoan cysts (more than LOG 3 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
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 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.
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.
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.
For each LifeStraw Personal and LifeStraw Family sold, Eartheasy donates a portion of the sale to go towards donation of large community water filters in schools in Kenya. One student gets clean water for a year for every LS product sold. Eartheasy's goal is to provide clean water to 500 schools in Kenya in 2014 through the donation of large Community filters. We also have a tree planted for every order through our partnership with Trees for the Future Foundation.
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."