A crash course in changing the world.
After learning of my first objective for this mission, it didn't take me long to decide what my favourite clean water project was. LifeStraw is both an innovative product and a campaign to provide clean water world wide. Anyone can purchase a LifeStraw, LifeStraw Family or LifeStraw Go. The LifeStraw product is designed to filter water from any source and make it safe to drink. The internal filtration system of LifeStraw helps to filter out waterborne bacterias, protozoan cysts and other particles. It is a simple design that does not require any batteries or other sources of energy to use. The LifeStraw and LifeStraw Go are ideal for adventurous people who spend a lot of time outdoors whereas the LifeStraw Family 1.0 is perfect for households who simply need clean water. In addition to selling products marketed to survivalists and other outdoors explorers, with each LifeStraw product purchased, a certain amount of the proceeds is used to place LifeStraw filtration systems in developing countries around the world. These systems, once installed, provide clean and safe water to school children as well as reduce the work load of young girls who retrieve water so that they can spend more time in school. Overall, I find this product and campaign to both be a great step towards providing clean, safe water around the world.