Let me start off by saying, I’ve considered getting a personal water bottle filtration system (since I’m a water quality stickler), but I had never heard of LifeStraw by Vestergaard. This company caters to outdoor folk, as its primary use is to eliminate bacteria and protozoa from contaminated water. And I’ve never been an avid camper (I like camping, but not that much). But in the honor of doing a review, I put it to my own little test… Because of course everyone needs clean, safe drinking water!
LifeStraw Go by Vestergaard
First let’s talk about the company themselves… Vestergaard is headquatered in Switzerland and has multiple offices around the world, including one in Virginia.
Vestergaard is an international company dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable people, most of whom live in developing countries. Our game-changing solutions contribute to a healthier, more sustainable planet by fighting malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases and neglected tropical diseases. Additional company initiatives are focused on mitigating climate change and enhancing food security.
This company has several products on their roster, starting with their insecticidal bed nets called PermaNet that help control the spread of malaria to the LifeStraw water filtration line. The LifeStraw water filter was named “One of Ten Things that Will Change the Way we Live” by Forbes magazine. The company has deployed water filtration after almost every natural disaster since 2005 and has a program set up in Kenya to bring safe drinking water to its citizens. *Every time a LifeStraw filter is purchased, a child in Africa will be provided with safe drinking water for a year. So by purchasing a product that you can use, you are also helping those less fortunate in the world. You can read about all of their products and their mission here.
Now onto the LifeStraw Go. This water bottle filtration system is lightweight (since it is made of plastic, BPA free), which makes it great for camping or hiking. It comes with a carabiner attached near the top, so you can easily hook it onto a backpack or your belt. The max fill line says it holds 650 ml or almost 22 ounces. The drinking tip lifts up like a sports water bottle straw and has a comfy silicone cover, which does not move. All in all the bottle appears and feels very durable and sturdy. It seems to me like this bottle could take a lot of abuse.
The bottle contains the patented LifeStraw personal water filtration unit, which you can see on the left. The company says that it filters 1000 liters of water or 264 gallons per filter, which means you can roughly fill up the water bottle 1,536 times. Here’s the impressive part, it filters out 99.9999% (yes that’s 4 decimal places) of waterborne bacteria and 99.99% of waterborne protozoan parasites (such as giardia lamblia). It also impressively gets rids of mud (particles that are larger than 0.2 microns). Sorry I wasn’t that ballsy to try.
Since the bottle is made of plastic it does have a strong odor when you first receive it… A couple washes later and most of the smell was gone. The first time I took a sip, I was surprised at the amount of pressure I needed to bring water through the straw. The water needs to pass through the tube (shown in the picture above) that is packed full of what looks like strands of plastic to me, but is called advanced hollow fiber membrane technology on the website. I easily got used to the pressure needed to drink (not an issue just analyzing everything for review sake). I’ve become quite a fan of this bottle and am now thinking about places I may be around the world where it could come in handy. You can purchase the LifeStraw Go on their website or also on Amazon here. (Or the personal LifeStraw here.)
And just in case you wanted to see a video of someone drinking extremely contaminated water through a LifeStraw you can watch this video, mmm. (But seriously, how cool that it filters out all of the junk in this water! Once again, sorry I was not this adventurous ha!)
If you are an outdoor person, love camping or hiking, or anything adventurous, I would highly recommend this personal water bottle filtration system (or even just the personal LifeStraw)! You are not only protecting yourself against bacteria and protozoa while you are adventuring, you are also helping those less fortunate. What a killer combo for a company! You don’t find this sort of humanitarian effort often in companies around the world. Help yourself, and help those who don’t have access to safe drinking water.
Just so you know, I was not paid at all for this review for LifeStraw. I just dig it. Now go get one!