HiTech Straw Cleans Dirty Water
Don't Drink the Water
Dirty water kills millions of people every year. 2.1 billion people globally don't have safe water to drink. In fact, more people die from contaminated water than from anything else, including war and violence. A Danish entrepreneur has developed a high tech straw that makes dirty water clean and drinkable.
The straw kills millions of microbes as the water passes through it. It works like a normal drinking straw. But it traps contaminants in a number of long, hollow fibers inside the plastic tube. The company says it traps 99.9% of parasites and 99.9999% of bacteria, including those that cause cholera and typhoid fever.
3rd World Use
This technology is of particular importance to developing countries where clean, drinkable water is a scarce commodity. By 2025, half of the world's population will live in regions where the demand for safe water exceeds supply.
Business Doing Good
LifeStraw says it's dedicated to doing good and giving back through retail. They say for every LifeStraw product purchased, a child in need receives safe water for an entire school year.