When Innovation Changes Millions of Lives: LifeStraw

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While in developed countries clean water in abundance is taken for granted (leading to water crises like the one now being experienced in California), in the developing world dirty water and related illness is still a major problem in the 21st century. Approximately 1.5 million deaths every year are attributed to illnesses caused by contaminated water – that’s more than AIDS, malaria, and Ebola combined. In fact, a child dies from a water-borne illness every minute.

An amazingly innovative new product, called the LifeStraw, is a 22 cm-long water purification pipe. Designed in Denmark in 2005, it is poised to change the way people in poorer countries interact with water. Forbes magazine called it, “one of the ten things that will change the way we live.”

Check out the video below and see the magic of LifeStraw in action (including a person drinking out of a toilet!):

For more information about water and the LifeStraw, check out LifeStraw.org.uk.