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Old 12-13-2012, 06:20 PM
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I'm thinking of getting a Lifestraw just to have for emergency use since I know they are really good. The thing is, for some reason it has a shelf life of 3 years (http://www.mypatriotsupply.com/Life_..._lifestraw.htm)

does anyone know why it has a shelf life? Why would it go bad after 3 years even if it's never used? Or is the shelf life just total garbage?

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it's a hiking item, so this is one place that is ok to post in, though it could be applicable to other subforums.

2 things come to mind with expiration dates on things like these:

the plastic itself starts to naturally degrade and break down on a molecular level after a few years. that's why you see expiration dates on plastic water bottles - nothing wrong with the water after several years, it's just the plastic bottle is degrading in it's physical content.

second, maybe they just want people to rotate them, in case the item was indeed NOT stored at room temperature all along. there are some companies who just stick a date on things just to make people buy again from them in the future, but Im sure this company is reputable enough not to do it...
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That does seem like an odd item to have an expiration date.
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the ones i got from the first release have no date on them, only ones i have given as gifts over the last year have a date. I think its more of a way to get you to rotate them out that as a fail date.
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I'm thinking of getting a Lifestraw just to have for emergency use since I know they are really good. The thing is, for some reason it has a shelf life of 3 years (http://www.mypatriotsupply.com/Life_..._lifestraw.htm)

does anyone know why it has a shelf life? Why would it go bad after 3 years even if it's never used? Or is the shelf life just total garbage?

btw, no clue if this is the right place for this post.
The LifeSaver bottle has an expiration date of 3 years also if unused. I emailed them once and they told me it was because part of the filtration matrix used is glycerine based. Because of that it degrades in this time.

Now I am not sure if this is the same with the LifeStraw. But I would say that LifeStraw is meant for immediate use and not for long-term storage type item.
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