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LifeStraw

"We make contaminated water safe to drink. Adventures await."

lifestraw.com

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    From products to processes, these brands make a positive environmental or social impact.

Company Description

LifeStraw sells water bottles and portable, personal- or group-use drinking devices for children and adults that filter out contaminants, including microplastics, as you drink.

Through its “Follow the Liters” program, LifeStraw provides a child in need with safe drinking water for an entire school year, while the company’s Safe Water Fund provides safe drinking water to full communities in need, including those in Haiti, Kenya, and India. LifeStraw ensures its donations via the Safe Water Fund and Follow the Liters program are sustainable through comprehensive planning, training, education, and quarterly follow-up visits to beneficiary communities. To date, LifeStraw has given 1,015,652 students clean water, reached 1,621 schools, delivered 10,677 filters, and gone on more than 4,600 follow-up visits.

LifeStraw’s story began when the Carter Center approached global health company Vestergaard to develop a filter that could remove Guinea worm larvae from water it was contaminating. The resultant solution has since contributed to the near-eradication of the disease. Vestergaard was so inspired by its initial success that it set about developing a product to filter out almost all microbiological contaminants that make water unsafe to drink. The result – LifeStraw – has grown to include in-home and on-the-go products. LifeStraw’s innovative work for adventurers and crisis-stricken communities alike has garnered attention from major media outlets, including The New York Times, BBC, and Esquire.

Price Range

Very wide range; most personal-use systems <$40

Founder

Vestergaard (Global Health Company)

Established

2006

HQ

Lausanne, Switzerland