Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Lifestraw GO, portable water filter review.

Thanks to the good people at Water n Life  ,I have had a chance to try the Lifestraw 'GO' for myself!




Let me begin by giving you some insight into the company who designed and developed the Lifestraw.
The Vestergaard company started off in 1957 when a Farmer called Kaj Vestergaard decided to make his mark weaving nylon fabric for work wear.
From there it progressed throughout the years providing blankets to the Red Cross, and Save The Children, and then developing 'Tsetse fly' traps, mosquito netting, and plastic sheeting for use in 3rd world countries. Then, in 1996, the 'Lifestraw Guinea worm' was made for the Carter Centre......a plastic pipe filter to strain out guinea worm lava, and prevent Guinea worm disease. This would now mark the start of the Lifestraw range.
In 2005, nearly 10 years later, the company had developed the Lifestraw water filter, which derived from the original guinea worm filter and was named by Time magazine as 'Best invention of the year'.

Today the company have a mass of products under their belts, all of which are entirely focused on humanitarian uses, but are also available to the public.

The WaterNlife team are the proud and exclusive distributors of the LifeStraw® to consumers in Europe, Turkey, Russia, Japan and are equally involved in the water aid solutions with Vestergaard in Africa.


Now, I have had the Lifestraw 'GO' for only a short time, but I have got to say that this is one thing worth investing in.
It is made from BPA free materials, and can hold 0.65 litres of water. It has the capability of filtering up to 1000 litres of water. The filter itself has a hollow-fibre membrane which has a filter pore size of 0.2 microns ( VERY small! ). It comes with a carabiner neck , to attach it to your rucksack and the drinking straw is lockable, so it doesn't leak water out. It is strong and robust, but yet light and easily packable.



Not only does it filter out 99.9% of bacteria in water but it will filter out 99.9% of protozoa too. This leaves your water very safe to drink, and gives you confidence knowing you can tap virtually any water source on your travels.
I used mine in a slow flowing river on Cannock Chase where the water is known to carry a few waterborne  bacteria, and, although a little nervous, I filled up the 22oz bottle, screwed the filter straw on, and drank the contents!
The water was tasteless and clean! The Lifestraw 'GO' filtered out all the gunk and particles in the river water and left me with a viable water source.
Then I took it one step further. I decided to fill it up with some VERY muddy puddle water, which was extremely turbid. It filtered out ALL of the sediment in the bottle and left me with clean water again!

So the objective was to obtain clean water from sources that were really non-viable with the use of the Lifestraw 'GO', and that was achieved 100%. It's a great companion for all outdoor enthusiasts and as the company are focused on humanitarian efforts, they promise that for one Lifestraw water filter sold, one child in Africa will receive clean water for one entire school year**
Not forgetting to mention that these very good people have been supplying Lifestraws to disaster areas all over the world, so it's worth buying one just to fund their work in developing countries and disaster ridden areas!

Buying a Lifestraw really will make a difference to your outdoor adventures, but it will also make a HUGE difference to those who are affected by poor quality water in struggling countries.

For more information or to purchase a Lifestraw product please visit www.waternlife.com

Lifestraw 'GO' specifics......
  • Contains no chemicals and is BPA-free
  • Uses no batteries and has no moving parts
  • Very high flow rate
  • Easy to clean
  • Very durable with no maintenance
  • Used worldwide in most major natural disasters since 2005

Bacteria removed include:
  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter
  • Escherichia coli
  • Vibrio cholera
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Shigella
Parasites removed include:
  • Giardia lamblia (“Beaver Fever”)
  • Cryptosporidium parvum
  • Entamoeba histolytica
Please note: The LifeStraw® will currently not desalinate water, or filter heavy metals or viruses.

**More than 750 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. WaterNlife is dedicated to help solve this devastating problem. Together with Vestergaard Frandsen, the inventor of LifeStraw®, WaterNlife will donate 1.000 liters of clean and safe drinking water to children in need in Sub-Saharan Africa for every LifeStraw® product sold. The focus area is sub-Saharan Africa where the water crisis is particularly devastating.

Check out my review on the LifeStraw Personal!! .... lifestraw Personal review.