Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Problem: Without access to clean drinking water, it is estimated that over one billion people of the world’s population are exposed to waterborne diseases. Over 6,000 people (mostly children) die each day from consuming unsafe drinking water.

Client: International health and aid organizations

Designers: Torben Vestergaard Frandsen and Rob Fluren with Moshe Fromme

Solution: A personal, mobile water purification tool that turns surface water into drinking water. It offers relief from waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery and diarrhea. Containing a specially developed halogen-based resin that kills bacteria on contact, the LifeStraw® is 25cm long, 29mm in diameter, and filters up to 700 litres of water. It requires no electrical power or spare parts and can be worn around the neck. Recently, the protective caps have been integrated in the bottom and top plastic, the string for children to carry the straw around their necks has been made “strangle proof”, and a stronger cord has been added. Completion: 2004 For more info: LifeStraw®

Posted May 10, 2007