Most of us are finding ways to cut down on single-use beverage containers – so we should welcome the Larq Bottle, the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle.
The San Francisco-headquartered health and wellness brand says its Larq Bottle features technology to give people around the world access to pristine drinking water, easily and sustainably.
“We know that pure water on-the-go and stinky bottles are the two primary pain points affecting one’s adoption of reusable bottles,” said Larq co-founder Justin Wang.
“Larq’s proprietary UV-C LED technology is integrated into a beautifully designed product that delivers pure water from a self-cleaning bottle, directly addressing these complaints.”
It works by using the UV-C LED technology to purify water along with the inner surfaces of the bottle by eliminating harmful sources through a photochemical reaction. At the touch of a button, the LARQ Bottle eradicates up to 99.9999 per cent of harmful and odour-causing bacteria and viruses, says Wang. The technology activates automatically every two hours in a self-cleaning mode.
“UV Light has been demonstrated to be a safe and effective method to disinfect water,” confirms Dr David Weber, MD, at the MPH Faculty of the UNC School of Medicine. “UV is environmentally friendly, leaves no residuals and is microbicidal – effectively killing germs.”
Made from professional-grade stainless-steel it is double walled and vacuum sealed so it can keep beverages ice cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours.
Not surprisingly given its technical complexity and proprietary technology, the Larq Bottle doesn’t come cheap at US$95 from the company’s website.
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Larq will donate 1 per cent of proceeds from sales of the Larq Bottle to charities that work to make clean drinking water more accessible to the 844 million people around the world who do not have access to safe water sources.
The Larq Bottle concept was launched on Kickstarter, raising $1.7 million, ensuring its rapid progression into commercial production.