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DESIGN FOR THE OTHER 90%: Lifestraw Water Purifier
Posted By Emily Pilloton On September 13, 2007 @ 8:00 am In Design for Health,Disaster-proof design,global development,Green Products,social responsibility,Water Issues | 13 Comments
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  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  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  is one of the highlights of the Cooper Hewitt’s Design for the Other 90%  exhibition, which highlights products, architecture, and technology that benefits under-privileged demographics across the globe.
Lifestraw was also featured in the Massive Change  exhibitions and won the INDEX 2007: Design To Improve Life  competition. Designed by socially-focused design manufacturer Vestergaard-Frandsen , the straw can purify more than 700 liters of water without electricity or additional attachments.
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 Lifestraw: http://www.lifestraw.com/
 Design for the Other 90%: http://other90.cooperhewitt.org/
 Massive Change: http://www.massivechange.com/
 INDEX 2007: Design To Improve Life: http://www.indexaward.dk/2007/forside.asp
 Vestergaard-Frandsen: http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/
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