A reader poll by SNEWS, an outdoor industry newsletter, voted the SteriPEN one of the top 25 innovative products that have fueled the development of the outdoor industry over the last 25 years. Read an excerpt from the SNEWS article below. Come down to Whole Earth to see the whole line.
In describing SteriPEN for the Readers’ Choice Awards, the editors of SNEWS said, “A fundamentally curious person, Miles Maiden started a solar energy company following college and worked with the U.S. government in the mid-90s on using C wavelength UV light to purify water. Maiden envisioned using ultraviolet technology, like that used in municipal water treatment plants, in a personal, portable device that would provide the user with safe drinking water anywhere. After successful experimentation, he created the SteriPEN, a portable UV water purifier that kills viruses, bacteria and protozoa — including Giardia and Cryptosporidium — in seconds. His company, Hydro-Photon, received its first SteriPEN patent in 1999. In 2001, Time Magazine named the SteriPEN one of the “Best Inventions of the Year.”