- LifeStraw is portable water filter developed in Denmark
- Enabling millions of people in Third World do drink unclean water safely
- Removes 99.99% of water-borne bacteria
- Now being sold on Firebox for £29.99
PUBLISHED: 09:14 GMT, 13 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:33 GMT, 13 August 2013
It's the bane of every hiker's life: what to do when you run out of water.
Is it safe to drink from the nearby stream? Would you risk sipping from that pond over there? Is your level of thirst greater than your willingness to spend the next four days doubled over in the bathroom? Why didn't I just pack my Brita water filter?
But now there's an answer: a straw-shaped portable water filter that enables you to drink safely from any body of water - even from a puddle. Or, in fact, from a toilet.
The LifeStraw was developed in Denmark in 2005 and hopes to save millions of people in Third World countries where a child dies every 15 seconds as a result of drinking dirty water.
That year it was named Best Invention of 2005 by Time Magazine and Invention of the Century by Gizmag, and in 2006 it was heralded by the New York Times as 'a water purifier that could save lives'. Forbes Magazine called it 'one of the ten things that will change the way we live'.