A few issues back, RELEVANT Magazine briefly mentioned an invention that could potentially save billions of lives around the world.
The LifeStraw is an amazing water filtration system that turns any surface water into clean drinking water. By killing disease-causing bacteria and viruses, as well as filtering out other particles and micro-organisms, one LifeStraw can provide enough clean drinking water to sustain one human being for an entire year (about 185 gallons). According to the blurb in RELEVANT these straws can be purchased for $3 each.
Currently there are an estimated 1.1 billion people on the face of the earth without access to clean drinking water. That amounts to nearly 20% of the earth’s total population. Nearly 3,000 children die each day from preventable diseases. Polluted and disease-infested drinking water is the number one way most come into contact with the bacteria that cause these diseases.
But with innovative ideas such as the LifeStraw, we could begin to change all that. A few measly bucks at a time.