Now a separate company in their own right, LifeStraw began as a project within the company Vestergaard, a leader in fighting the global war against diseases impacting vulnerable populations around the world. In 2005, Vestergaard produced the first LifeStraw from their previous innovations in filters to combat water-borne diseases.
Since then, the LifeStraw has been widely adopted among developing communities, as well as those across the world who spend lots of time outdoors. Recently LifeStraw has launched several product ranges that take their filtering technology, and adapt it for the consumer market in developed countries.
Despite their widening focus, LifeStraw remains committed to improving access to clean water around the world, with their Give Back program. This involves a dedicated LifeStraw team, along with volunteers, implementing sustainable infrastructure planning, training, and education in vulnerable communities. As of 2018, the LifeStraw Give Back program had reached over two million children in need.
LifeStraw Membrane Microfilter
Unlike many home filters, LifeStraw purifies water using membrane microfilters—a mainstay of the outdoor gear market. LifeStraw membranes use hollow fiber technology, small straws with microscopic pores of 0.2 microns in diameter. At this size, water molecules are able to pass through the pores while the vast majority of contaminants, including bacteria, microplastics, and sediment are trapped by the microfilter.