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LifeStraw - A Post-Modern Trophy
We see a lot of cool products at Proozy.com. Outside of the bare essentials for athletic activities, or outdoor gear, a lot of them tend to be functional to help you live a more practical life. For example, we carry a lot of T-shirts that just work better than an average cotton T-shirt for most workouts. (This was covered in a previous blog post. If you haven't read it, please do. Just scroll down.)
But recently, we brought on board a new product for us at Proozy.com that's caught my eye, and that's the LifeStraw Portable Water Filter Survival device.
I've known about this product for a few years but have always thought it was for Green Beret-Military-Survivalist types. It was only after seeing the product in person that I realized the value of it. I personally could have benefited from carrying this small product on at least 3 vacations I've taken.
1. Indonesia - 2014
I completed a 3 day volcano hike where we had to carry all of the water for the trip with us. This thing would have lightened my load considerably.
2. Alaska - 2004
On a 4 day fishing trip with a few guys and supplies were running low. Two of us ended up driving an hour into town to get a few gallons of water.
3. Panama - 2015
In the middle of an all-day cave tour, everyone in the group was feeling the midday heat and finishing their water off early. I was no exception. Surrounded by freshwater, but not a clean drop to drink.
In the land of the thirsty, the man with the magic straw is king.
While this isn't something that would play a vital role in my day-to-day life, as I have the privilege to live in a land that has clean and readily available drinking water at the turn of a handle, it serves a purpose as a motivational tool.
Having a LifeStraw sit on my desk for a couple of days now reminds me of the privileged life that I lead. A life that allows me to travel to places where this product is designed to make the inhospitable accessible.
It is like a post-modern trophy of a life lead outside the cozy walls of Proozy.com. The very presence of the LifeStraw on my desk is a reminder that there are adventures waiting for me. It also is a sure bet that nearly half of the Proozy team will be offering one up for the next office holiday party gift exchange we do.
Reading up on this product, I quickly got a sense that they are truly saving lives and reducing suffering across the globe for over a dozen years.