The following post is a paid partnership between Don’t Forget To Move and LifeStraw. As always, we would never recommend a product that we didn’t truly support and believe in. And we think LifeStraw rocks! We’ve been using LifeStraw products for over 8 years, well before we started partnering on projects.
For anyone that’s been following our travels for a while, you’ll know there’s one company we can’t stop talking about. It’s no secret that we’ve got a lot of love for our favorite water bottle company, LifeStraw. We’ve been using LifeStraw bottles and filters since our very first backpacking trip to Latin America back in 2012. We had some of their first generation water bottles and they served us well as we traversed across South America and Central America.
Just when we thought supporting our favorite water bottle company LifeStraw couldn’t get any cooler, they’ve gone and outdone themselves! Introducing the LifeStraw Go – Stainless Steel Bottle with Filter, a double walled, vacuum insulated water bottle to keep that water icy cold when it counts!
And as if getting a sweet new water bottle wasn’t already cool enough. This is a company that not only helps reduce single use plastic with amazing water bottles with filters, but they also have an incredible give back program that provides one child with a year of safe drinking water for every purchase made.
If you’re looking for a new holiday gift for someone, or you just want to treat yourself (we get it, 2020 has been rough) then look no further. We’re going to give you the ins and outs of this amazing new bottle, as well as the additional perks of supporting a company that does good in the world.
Why We Love LifeStraw
For us, using LifeStraw bottles and filters while traveling was a no brainer. These water bottles not only helped us save money from having to purchase water, but more importantly, they reduced the amount of single use plastic we accumulated along the way.
Like many developing countries around the world, and some developed countries at that, you don’t always have access to safe drinking water. Having a couple of LifeStraws meant we could drink water from literally any water source and know that we weren’t going to be exposed to harmful bacteria and parasites.
And believe us when we say this; we’ve had parasites and they’re not fun!
We also love the fact that they’re a company that puts their money where their mouth is in helping provide safe drinking water to communities in need. But more on that later in the post, let’s take a look at this awesome new water bottle.
LifeStraw Go Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle and Filter
Double wall, vacuum insulated bottle, plus LifeStraw’s patented filtration system, equals our new favorite LifeStraw bottle!
Let’s start with the filter. LifeStraw comes at you with a double filter to make sure there’s no nasties left in your water. The membrane filter protects you from over 99.99% of all parasites, bacteria, microplastics, dirt and sand. The carbon filter actively reduces chlorine, chemicals and helps improve the taste.
And while the carbon filter should be replaced every 26 gallons (100 liters) of water, the membrane filter, that protects you from E.coli and giardia, is good for 1,000 gallons (4,000 liters of water). That’s over 5,500 bottle refills (or 4 bottles a day, everyday, for almost 4 years) before you need to replace the filter.
The filter is the brains behind this product, but the bottle is the body. And that’s where the real magic happens with the LifeStraw Go Steel. With the double wall, vacuum steel insulation you can keep water cool for up to 24 hours. This is a game changer!
While we still love our original LifeStraw BPA free plastic water bottles it was hard to keep the water cold when traveling through hot and humid countries. Some countries were so hot that even if you found a cool waterfall to fill up, or a lake while out hiking, by the time you took your next sip the water could be warm enough to boil tea. Not exactly the refreshing beverage we were looking for!
With the double wall, vacuum insulation water is now trapped tight inside that bottle and protected from the outside temperatures for up to 24 hours. You don’t have to settle for tea water on those scorching hot days anymore.
Of course this isn’t as much of an issue in colder climates, but being able to keep your water cool when hiking a volcano in Bali or through the humid jungle in southern Mexico is going to be absolutely key for keeping you refreshed along the adventure.
LifeStraw Giveback Program
If we haven’t already sold you on the amazing product (I know we have, but we just wanted to say that), then take a look at the awesome giveback program that LifeStraw supports.
For every product sold, LifeStraw provides one year of safe drinking water for a child in need. It’s that simple! And it’s incredibly impactful.
And this isn’t just one of those gimmicks that companies use to sell their products. LifeStraw backs these programs and has been working in communities for years to help provide access to safer drinking water.
We know this, because in October 2018 we had the opportunity to join them in southern Mexico to help provide water filters to rural community schools. The project worked alongside the local government, as well as community leaders, to identify the communities in need and then they went to work. It was an amazing project to be a part of and a really refreshing experience to see a company dedicated to doing so much good in the world.
If 2020 has taught us anything it’s that the world is a fragile place that needs to be taken care of. Our impact not only as travelers, but as humans, has an effect on the stability of the environment and the people in it. The more we can do to protect that environment, the more we can do to protect humankind.
LifeStraw products are a step in the right direction for anyone looking to start protecting this world, by reducing single-use plastics and doing some good along the way. 2020 has shown us that we’re all in this together, so let’s start acting like it.