USA Bobsled/Skeleton (USABS) partnered with LifeStraw to provide its athletes with access to safe drinking water when traveling to and within China for the recent test event at the National Sliding Center in Beijing. LifeStraw joined the team as an Official Supplier, and provided each member of USABS that attended the test event with a Lifestraw Go Water Filter Bottle.
The activated carbon filter removes 99.999999% of bacteria, 99.999% of parasites, 99.999% of microplastics, silt, sand, and cloudiness. The filter also reduces chlorine, organic chemical matter, and bad odors for improved taste.
“Having the LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottles with us in China was a game changer for us,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “We never had to buy plastic bottles or search for drinking water, because we always had access to safe drinking water with the LifeStraw bottle. It allowed us to focus on what we were there to do, which was to learn the track in preparation for February.”
LifeStraw filters are rigorously tested by independent labs and LifeStraw’s own ISO certified lab to meet drinking water protocols established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NSF International/ANSI. LifeStraw’s membrane microfilters are made of hollow fiber membrane technology – a similar technology used in kidney dialysis. These membranes are made of small straws that contain microscopic pores of 0.2 microns in diameter. Dirty water enters one side of the straws and clean water passes through the pores while bacteria, parasites, microplastics, dirt, silt, sand and cloudiness are blocked and unable to pass through because they are too large. The result is safe drinking water flows into a clean chamber for drinking while contaminants are blocked.
“We are so pleased to be able to support the USA Bobsled and Skeleton team during their training and competition,” said Alison Hill, CEO, LifeStraw. “We know how critical hydration is for athletes and we are proud to be able to offer an alternative to sourcing plastic water bottles, while also keeping everyone healthy and safe. Best of luck to the team! We look forward to watching them compete.”
LifeStraw is a public health B Corp on a mission to provide equitable access to safe drinking water. The original LifeStraw filter, which converts microbiologically contaminated water into safe, potable water, was introduced in 2005. LifeStraw’s Guinea Worm filter has also become instrumental in the near-eradication of Guinea worm disease. Today, LifeStraw products are used in more than 64 countries by schools, clinics, outdoor enthusiasts, adventure travelers and households, and are regularly deployed to support communities impacted by emergencies or natural disasters requiring potable water. LifeStraw’s innovative water filtration technology is rigorously tested by independent laboratories and leveraged across some of the harshest environments around the world. The company is also Climate Neutral certified and for every product purchased, a child in need receives safe water for a year. LifeStraw’s suite of water filtration options is sold in retail stores in North America and Europe and online at www.lifestraw.com.