Vegetarian Water

The makers of the Prestige LifeStraw water filter claim that their filter is so good that it produces "vegetarian water."

Prestige LifeStraw uses Ultra filtration with hollow fibre technology that physically REMOVES all virus, bacteria and Cysts, leaving only pure and Vegetarian water with NO germs, dead or alive in it. This is termed as VEGETARIAN water.
     Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 30, 2014
     Category: Vegetarians and Vegans | Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Shouldn't that be VEGAN water? :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 06/30/14 at 11:12 AM
I'm thinking that distilled water would be a lot cheaper.
Posted by KDP on 06/30/14 at 11:56 AM
I do have some Lifestraws. They are wonderfully effective for drinking from any fresh water source. I think though we will stick with our under sink three stage filter for drinking and cooking water. It also feeds the ice maker.

All of the filter pitchers we tried always leaked carbon bits into the water. BTW we have commercial treated well water as our source.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 06/30/14 at 12:11 PM
How quickly do you have to drink it before more biological "stuff" gets into the water and renders it non-vegetarian again.

Along those lines: We are breathing in (and presumably consuming at some level) microbes. Anybody got a path to vegetarian air?
Posted by crc on 06/30/14 at 12:35 PM
Great! I really don't like drinking carnivorous water. It reminds me too much of man-eating water.

Seriously, I sterilize all my water by boiling it, and then treating it with tannin and caffeine - enough to kill anything that might even *think* of taking up residence in my cup.
Posted by tadchem on 06/30/14 at 12:54 PM
How can it be vegetarian with no vegitoids growing in the water?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/30/14 at 02:43 PM
I just add vodka to the tap water and I'm not dead yet!
Posted by BMN on 06/30/14 at 05:22 PM
I am so impressed with this! Marketing genius!

It exemplifies how silly the whole "let's become herbivores despite God making us omnivores" movement is while being something some of them want.

I might actually buy one because twice in my life the local tap water become undrinkable due to infrastructure failures. It would be nice to have one of these on the shelf if it ever happens again (which, because the world hates me, would ensure that I would never need it).

Re: vegetarian air. Clean rooms have filters which remove particles far smaller than living organisms.
Posted by Phideaux on 06/30/14 at 05:26 PM
I totally agree with you Phideaux!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/30/14 at 06:59 PM
No, Tyrusguy, it's not vegan water. That's because all of it has passed through the digestive system of an animal, many times over... and yes, of course that also goes for the air we breathe.

Which makes me wonder...

Do vegans buy their vitamin pills in plastic bottles?
Posted by Richard Bos on 07/01/14 at 07:28 AM
Posted by WMcCreery on 07/01/14 at 10:15 AM
This product was developed in India where there is a definite need for safe, potable water. In West Bengal it is common for high-end hotels to have private water filtration systems; those Indians in that region who can afford it tend to drink water bottled in Nepal from melted snow and mountain streams. (Although mountain streams, despite their sparkling clarity, can still harbor giardia among other nasties.)

Not sure if religion plays any part in this as the product info stresses that it removes the dead, inactivated organisms.
In my emergency kit there is a Steri-bottle, which is a good product as well.
Posted by Flamingo1 on 07/01/14 at 05:37 PM
For what this costs you could buy 1000 lifestraws and a small water pump. Pump the water through the straws and into a cheap water cooler. Essentially this is what it is. One lifestraw filters enough water for a person to drink for a year. They are a great emergency/prepper item and I have a half dozen.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 07/01/14 at 10:01 PM
That's BD for you, always prepared!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/01/14 at 11:14 PM
In answer to Flamingo1: My son suggested that this has something to do with Jainism (, a religion that preaches you not to harm any living thing.
Posted by Joshua Zev Levin, Ph.D. on 07/02/14 at 06:23 AM
I'm so glad this exists! I became a vegetarian because I didn't want to harm any living creature, and now I can extend that to my water, too! I assume this product has a mechanism to release all the captured bacteria, viruses, etc back into another water source so they can go on swimming and reproducing happily with no harm done, right? Right?
Posted by Susan on 07/02/14 at 04:20 PM

You see, this thing not only filters out bacteria and such, it also filters out cysts. This includes cysts of species that rely on being swallowed by mammals to propagate. By not swallowing them, but casting them out into the dry, unwelcoming world, you are dooming them to a life of uselessness.

Yes, by being vegetarian, you are actively harming the parasites. How's that for an eye-opener?

By the way, I hope that you don't shave your pubic hair. If you do, you're helping to drive the human pubic louse extinct.

And that would be just terrible.
Posted by Richard Bos on 07/03/14 at 07:32 AM
Melodie, Your spam comment was deleted!
Please, Don't do it again! :coolmad:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 07/10/14 at 09:35 AM
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