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The LifeStraw Story2019-03-27T14:14:48+10:00
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About Vestergaard – the inventor and manufacturer of LifeStraw

Vestergaard is an innovative leader in the global war against diseases, especially those impacting vulnerable populations around the world. Vestergaard’s game-changing solutions contribute to a healthier, more sustainable planet.

Vestergaard operates according to a humanitarian entrepreneurship business model, whereby doing good is good business. Following this model, the company devotes its entire innovative platform towards producing breakthrough products and solutions for disadvantaged people.

1996 The evolution of LifeStraw began in 1996 when the Carter Center asked Vestergaard to develop a filter that could remove Guinea worm larvae from water it was contaminating. Vestergaard designed a cloth filter, then evolved it into a more effective pipe form. Today, more than 37 million LifeStraw Guinea Worm filters have contributed to the near-eradication of the disease.

2005 Inspired by the impact of the LifeStraw Guinea Worm filter, Vestergaard introduced the first LifeStraw filter, which could remove virtually all of the microbiological contaminants that make water unsafe to drink. The personal “straw like” filter was designed for emergency settings, following natural disasters, and other areas where water is contaminated.

2008 Vestergaard recognized that, while the LifeStraw technology was effective for many uses, innovation around product design was important to meet the needs of different groups of people. In 2008, LifeStraw technology was adapted for in-home use with the introduction of the high-volume LifeStraw Family 1.0 water purifier. 2011 Outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers and campers, and travelers noticed LifeStraw products and wanted them for their outdoor gear. LifeStraw began to be sold in retail stores.

2013 The LifeStraw portfolio continued to evolve to include the high-volume LifeStraw Community purifier for institutional settings like schools and clinics and for emergency relief situations.

2014 The LifeStraw Go refillable water bottle was introduced for the consumer market while Vestergaard tied consumer sales to its public health heritage with the launch of the ongoing LifeStraw Follow the Liters initiative. This program uses a portion of funds from consumer sales to provide safe water to school children in developing communities.

2015 Two new consumer products were launched to address specific consumer needs. These included LifeStraw Mission, a high-volume, collapsible bag/purifier ideal for campsites and large group hikes and expedition, and LifeStraw Steel, an advanced version of the original LifeStraw, with added filtration to reduces chlorine and organic matter and removes odours and bad taste.

2016 The popular LifeStraw Go refillable water bottle line is being expanded to include the same two-stage filtration that LifeStraw Steel offers. The bottle will also be available in five popular colours including pink, purple, green, grey and the original blue.

Also, the LifeStraw Follow the Liters program will expand to India and return to rural Kenya as well.