The risk of ingesting Cryptosporidium or Giardia cysts or bacteria in your drinking water is very real when travelling through many countries. You can not afford to drink the water, and up until now travelers have purchased bottle water and avoided foods washed in local water. With the sheer quantity of bottled water produced and exported around the world, it is becoming more apparent the massive impact this is having on the environment. As always, need is the mother of invention – resulting in theSureAquaStraw compact, ultra light water purification straw.
Awareness is showing up in some unexpected places, such as in the United States where some cities have started to take action to lower the consumption of bottled water. But it is with individual use that the greatest impact is felt. It’s estimated between the U.S.A. and the U.K. alone over 16 billion bottles of water are sold each year, with the true figure probably being much higher.
Only a small percentage of these water bottles are ever recycled, leaving the rest to pollute and damage our waterways and nature areas, and over-crowd our landfills. If incinerated, the bottles release toxic poisons into the atmosphere.
It’s estimated about 27 million tonnes of plastic goes into water bottle manufacture annually, with around 90 grams of oil and 4 liters of water needed to manufacture just one 1-liter bottle, subsequently creating around 62 grams of Greenhouse Gas per bottle – or approximately 5,000 grams of carbon emissions saved for each SureAquaStraw used.
In the U.S.A. alone, approximately 30 billion plastic water bottles are made each year requiring more than 17 million barrels of oil. Despite the International Bottled Water Association advising bottles can be recycled up to 100 times, less than a quarter are recycled, meaning on-going use of natural resources.
With many thousands of people drinking bottled water when they travel, and even in Western Countries where municipal water is comparatively clean, converting to a drinking water straw will reduce CO2 pollution by thousands of kilograms, per person, per year. Who said an individual couldn’t make a difference?
A SureAquaStraw water filtration straw is able to filter around 500 liters (132 gallons) of water – that’s a total of 2,000 x 250ml water bottles saved. And when you do the math, at US$34.95 for one straw, the savings over using bottled water are incredible.
This domestic, hiking or travel water filter has been tested by a NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited laboratory as effective against waterborne bacteria and protozoa.SureAquaStraw is a pocket water filter, is non-chemical, and re-usable – making it the perfect water purification straw.