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DESIGN FOR THE OTHER 90%: Lifestraw Water Purifier

Posted By Emily Pilloton On September 13, 2007 @ 8:00 am In Architecture,Design,Design for Health,Disaster-proof design,Environment,global development,Green Products,Innovation,News,social responsibility,Water Issues | 13 Comments

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With over 1.1 million people in the world who don’t have access to clean drinking water, water-borne pathogens are a huge problem for the environment and for human health. Fortunately a clever little design has come to the rescue in the form of the Lifestraw [2] The cigar-sized plastic tool is both a feat of engineering and an inexpensive way to deliver potable water to those who need it. Lifestraw [2] delivers the most basic needs and purifies water from potential pathogens like typhoid, cholera, dysentery and diarrhea, becoming one of the icons of humanitarian product design- by the time the water hits your lips, it’s completely safe and potable. The Lifestraw [2] is one of the highlights of the Cooper Hewitt’s Design for the Other 90% [3] exhibition, which highlights products, architecture, and technology that benefits under-privileged demographics across the globe.

Lifestraw was also featured in the Massive Change [4] exhibitions and won an INDEX: Award [5] in 2005. Designed by socially-focused design manufacturer Vestergaard-Frandsen [6], the straw can purify more than 700 liters of water without electricity or additional attachments.

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/09/13/design-for-the-other-90-lifestraw/

[2] Lifestraw: http://www.lifestraw.com/

[3] Design for the Other 90%: http://other90.cooperhewitt.org/

[4] Massive Change: http://www.massivechange.com/

[5] INDEX: Award: http://designtoimprovelife.dk/category/s4-index-award-2005/c11-winners-2005/

[6] Vestergaard-Frandsen: http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/

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