Founded in 2012, GRAYL was inspired by two global travellers, Nancie Weston and Travis Merrigan, and their concerns about global plastic pollution and the poor quality (health, taste, odour, clarity) of water that people around the world endure daily. Nancie and Travis are committed to changing the status quo by making practical and durable filtration and purification solutions.
Water has shaped our landscapes and every civilisation. Today, far too many people do not have access to safe drinking water, and those of us that do rarely have truly clean drinking water. Sadly, serious contaminants such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals and even E. coli contamination are turning up in our "potable" water.
Here at GRAYL's offices in rainy Seattle, our comparatively clean and abundant water still contains added chlorine, trace amounts of arsenic and lead. We have dared to imagine that it should be possible to avoid both immediate and cumulative water hazards globally. We've now made that simple to achieve with [ONE PRESS] purification (+filtration) in the GRAYL Ultralight.
The Water Filtration Cup, our first product, was released a couple years ago. It received a lot of media attention, won several awards, and rapidly attracted a loyal customer base. Much was learned over the first six months, especially around manufacturing, product design and user feedback.
The experience of starting a company and creating a disruptive product technology has been wild and extremely rewarding, yet at the same time humbling. Some of our earliest supporters came to us with product design suggestions for improving their experience. In particular, we received requests for a lightweight and compact "bottle" capable of purification (+filtration), along with a no frills hassle-free loop cap.
The Ultralight Purifier (+Filter) Bottle represents a pure distillation of all we’ve learned over the last few years.