Monday, May 19, 2008

What Can You Do With Six Bucks?

What can you do with $6?
  • Have a Venti Mocha Latte + tip.
  • Get a fast-food value meal.
  • Buy approximately 1.6 gallons of gas.
  • Pay for shipping from Amazon.com.
  • Provide a person with drinking water for two years.
The people over at the Mental_Floss.com Blog have pointed its readers to a handy portable water purification device that requires no electrical power, can be worn around the neck, is light weight, and is about 14 inches in length. It is called the LifeStraw and is produced by the Danish based company Vestergaard Frandsen who is "committed to the goal of basic disease prevention by providing safe drinking water and protection from malaria and other vector-borne diseases."

By filtering the water through a series of filters, with the smallest filtering 15 microns in size, and hitting the water with a quick dose of iodine, the LifeStraw is able to filter out or kill a number of dangerous bacteria and viruses that can cause health problems resulting in death. The LifeStraw site says it is able to remove 99% of these harmful bugs; though, Girardi still sneaks through the 15 micron filter as this little parasite is only 5 micros in size.

LifeStraw recently received the 2008 Saatchi and Saatchi Award for World Changing Ideas, was referred to as ‘one of the Ten Things that will Change the Way We Live” by Forbes Magazine, and was named Best Invention of 2005 by Time. LifeStraw had received other awards and accolades from other institutes and periodicals.

This little device is certainly handy for parts of the word that do not have access to drinkable water and will likely be very useful after natural disasters: tsumanis, earthquakes, hurricanes, and the like.

What a way to spend six bucks!

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