Sunday, June 7, 2009

Clean Water whereever you go!

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Travel Safe, and Travel Green with These Nifty Backpacking Water Filters.

You get travel insurance, you visit your travel health medical centre, purchase a guide and great boots, so doesn’t it make sense to get the protection of one of the world’s best backpacking water filter straws – AquaSafeStraw – and AquaSafeStraw also offers powerful benefits for the environment.

Part of the backpacking ethos is to tread lightly on the earth and to travel responsibly. But you can’t ignore the health risks of contaminated drinking water.

Chlorine-based tables are compact and extremely effective against multiple sources of polluted water – with two distinct downsides 1/ they taste dreadful, 2/ they are not entirely effective in eradicating waterborne parasites.


An AquaSafeStraw backpack water filter will cleanse up to 500 litres (132 gallons), using a 0.2 micron capillary membrane to effectively remove waterborne bacteria, parasites and cysts (oocysts), can be used as a municipal tap water, and freshwater lake and creek water filter.

Backpacking through many wilderness areas you only see how pristine they seem, however, always take an AquaSafeStraw water filter backpacking with you and be sure to use it, as unseen contamination can be present in water sources worldwide.

When you think 500 liters (132 gallons) is the rough equivalent of 2,000 250mls bottles it’s easy to see how much money you’ll save with these backpacking water filters, and how you can slash the weight of your backpack gear.

Chances are you buy bottled water as you travel, therefore, these figures may amaze you. It takes around 17 million barrels of oil each year to make 29 billion plastic bottles – and the world consumes far more bottled water than that while only recycling a small percentage of the bottles, meaning more and more raw materials are being used.

It’s estimated with each bottle manufactured, 100 grams of carbon gas is created – and more than 33 million tones are used each year to bottle water. Then add the effect on the environment of transporting billions of cartons of bottled water around the globe.

Should we also get into the pollution caused by discarded bottles, or the unnecessary crowding of our landfills, or the toxic fumes released if the bottles are incinerated?

As an individual, if you consume bottled water regularly, you can reduce your carbon footprint by around 600 kg per year by switching to the pocket-sized AquaSafeStraw water filters.

Backpacking demands a different way of thinking about your world and how to protect it. AquaSafeStraw is the ideal backpack filter. It takes up virtually no room, and is cheap, quick and easy to use.

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1 comment:

  1. I for one drink a lot of bottled water, although lately we have switched to the Brita system. The AquaSafe Straws are a great idea for anyone working outside all day or camping or backpacking. I live in Florida too so a lot of water is consumed during the extreme heat of summer. Great "green" product, thanks for showcasing it for us.