An Illustrated Review of the Lifestraw


I just got a Lifestraw for my 14th birthday today and wanted to tell you a little bit about them.

Lifestraws are water filter straws (that are really popular; right now, my Lifestraw has 6,166 reviews on Amazon!).  According to Amazon, A Time Magazine Invention of the Year winner, LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries, and no moving parts to wear out. It features a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. It is perfect for the Ultralight backpacker, camper, hiker, traveler, boy scout, hunter or for emergencies. Unlike many similar filters on the market today, LifeStraw has met EPA standards for water filtration in independent testing. LifeStraw has been used around the world under extreme conditions for humanitarian relief. Does not filter chemicals, salt, viruses, heavy metals, taste. Please NOTE: It takes roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter.

In an emergency, you could definitely just stick this in a body of water and slurp up.

  • Award-winning LifeStraw has been used by millions around the globe since 2005
  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction) and surpasses EPA standards for water filters
  • Removes minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction) and filters to an amazing 0.2 microns
  • Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals
  • Comes in a sealed bag, perfect for storing for emergencies
  • Uses: Running, Hiking, Survival
  • Really light: only 2 ounces
  • It flows at 1.7 liters a minute 
Also cool, you can hang it around your neck.
The Lifestraw filters 1000 liters of water and after that, it basically just stops filtering so you don’t have to worry if your straw expired.
Here’s what it doesn’t filter: chemicals and viruses.  So obviously, if you’re in an area that tends to have a lot of chemicals or viruses, try iodine or boiling.
Now for my experiment:
I grabbed a bowl, filled it with a bunch of nasty stuff like chili powder, ground up coffee, salt, and cinnamon and it turned to a scary red.
Next, I stuck my straw in and waited a few seconds for the water to go through the filter.  Then, I drank.  It actually tasted pretty good and the water turned pretty much white (except I think spit got in the way to turn it off-white).  Once I got to a really concentrated amount of chili powder, it got a tiny bit spicy.
If you’re ever in a survival situation where you need to drink clean water from coffee, chili powder, cinnamon, and salt water, check out the Lifestraw.
Plus, for every straw you buy, Lifestraw will add on a free straw for an African kid for a whole school year!

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