Lifestraw {Review}! |We Got the FUNK

Friday, February 7, 2014

Lifestraw {Review}!

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My AP Environmental Science kids have been studying water and water pollution lately.  We came across these awesome Lifestraws from Eartheasy.  My kids were chomping at the bit to try these, but unfortunately our budget did not allow for this (since we submit prior to the school year and this smart teacher had never heard of these).  So I went ahead and researched these awesome straws and contacted Eartheasy.  They immediately responded to my request to review and quickly sent over 2 straws for my AP kids to test out.  It was pretty much the best day of class ever!  We laughed, were awed and had a fantastic time testing these straws out.

While checking out Eartheasy'w website I came across this information which was so informative and awesome!
LifeStraw is the award-winning personal water filter, designed to provide you with safe, clean drinking water in any situation. The ideal water filter for hiking & camping, travel, emergency preparedness & survival, LifeStraw makes contaminated or suspect water safe to drink.
My favorite part of this though is this:
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For every straw purchased, one is donated to a child in Africa to be used for an entire year!  How fantastic is that!

The straw filters a lot of different pollutants and bacteria like E.Coli, Salmonella and Giardia.  Although I would have loved to culture some of the water in the wetland area around our school and then use the Lifestraw to filter this water, my administration was not exactly supportive of this.  So instead we used various household products and filtered them.  My kids tested coffee grounds in water, cornstarch in water and salt water.  The results were seriously amazing.

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Coffee Grounds
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Testing!
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Results!  MUCH CLEANER!  Taste was not coffee flavored either!
Let me tell you, this product was fantastic.  Both the cornstarch and coffee ground water filtered perfectly. The salt water did not filter very well, as desalination is very difficult to accomplish with a filter.  Also the straws were very easy to clean.  My students just blew out the bottom and rinsed under water and they were clean!  The only issue my students had was learning how to use the straw.  You would think that it would be easy for AP kids to figure out.  The directions come with diagrams which we followed, but we found that you needed to fill the straw with water first before we had them spit out the water so we could see what it looked like!  Other than that, it was a wonderful product, great experiment and honestly a great cause to support and all for just $19.95 a straw!

To order a Lifestraw or for more information on their amazing humanitarian effort, please visit their website

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Disclosure:  Lifestraw sent us 2 straws specifically for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my and my students and were not influenced by an outside source.