Denmark farmer Kaj Vestergaard Frandsen starts a company manufacturing uniforms for workmen.
Kaj’s son Torben joins the family business.
Torben buys surplus wool cloth and has it made into blankets sold to the Red Cross and Save the Children.
Torben’s son and current CEO Mikkel joins the company.
Vestergaard develops tsetse fly traps to catch vectors that carry sleeping sickness.
Vestergaard’s blankets are used extensively at refugee camps following the Rwandan genocide.
The company expands its humanitarian offerings, selling mosquito bed nets and plastic sheeting as temporary shelter following crises.
Vestergaard opens its first office in Africa (in Kenya) and in India (in New Delhi).
Vestergaard creates LifeStraw® Guinea Worm, a plastic pipe filter to strain out Guinea worm larva (and prevent Guinea worm disease) for The Carter Center. This marks the start of the LfieStraw® product line.
Mikkel assumes leadership of Vestergaard. He sells the work uniform operations to focus entirely on the humanitarian business.
Tsetse fly technology leads to the launch of the game-changing PermaNet® bed net, one of the first long-lasting insecticidal bed nets.
Vestergaard opens its first US office in Virginia.
PermaNet® 2.0 receives interim WHOPES recommendation. In 2009, it receives full WHOPES recommendation.
The company headquarters is moved to Lausanne, Switzerland.
The award-winning portable LifeStraw® water filters evolves from the LifeStraw® Guinea Worm filter. It transforms dirty water into safe drinking water.
PermaNet® 3.0 is introduced as the first combination bed net with increased efficacy against malaria vectors resistant to current insecticides.
LifeStraw® Family is introduced for in-house use in developing countries.
LifeStraw® is distributed to victims after the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods.
LifeStraw® Carbon for Water campaign uses carbon financing to provide 4 million people in Kenya with sustainable access to safe drinking water.
Vestergaard supports the launch of IR Mapper, an online tool to track insecticide resistance.
LifeStraw® Family 2.0 with built in safe storage container and the high-volume LifeStraw® Community water filters are introduced.
LifeStraw® Go, a refillable water bottle incorporating award-winning LifeStraw® technology, is introduced.
Vestergaard launches the LifeStraw® Follow the Liters program which provides safe water to a school child in a developing country for every LifeStraw® purchased.
WHO’s Vector Control Advisory Group supports PermaNet® 3.0 product claim.
LifeStraw® Mission and LifeStraw® Steel filters are introduced for outdoor recreation and travel
LifeStraw® Go water bottle with 2-stage filtration is launched
LifeStraw® Play for Kids, LifeStraw® Universal and LifeStraw Flex® are introduced
Malaria No More honors Mikkel Vestergaard as one of ten innovators that will make possible the end of malaria in our lifetimes
IR Mapper is a tool that helps inform vector control strategies by mapping insecticide resistance in mosquitoes that transmit malaria, Zika, Dengue and other mosquito borne diseases. This helps inform vector control strategies.
For consumer purchases, visit LifeStraw® to find a local retailer. For each consumer purchase, one school child in Africa will receive clean water for an entire school year. For large quantities purchased for public health settings, contact us.