A Better ToiletFor A Cleaner World
What about the waste?
On almost every level the above video is eye-opening, but it’s from the 3 minute mark on that should alarm you the most.
For many of us, when we flush a toilet we never think about the waste that disappears down to the drain. We never think about plumbing infrastructure, the water used to flush, the sewers that take our waste away, or where our waste even ends up going. We don’t think about it because we don’t have to.
But what if we did?
What if everything we took for granted when it comes to handling our everyday waste became something that we ourselves had to manually take care of or worry about? For millions of people on our planet, this reality is all too real .
One of many important facets we wanted to address when developing our system was the handling of waste. Many solutions that are being developed right now (ours included) have focused, and rightfully so, on the user experience of the toilet – creating safer, cleaner, more adaptable sanitation solutions so that everyone has a place to relieve themselves with dignity and reduced chance of contamination. But all of this hard work, research, and development does nothing if we don’t come up with a solution for what to do with the waste we humans produce everyday.
In the unit we are developing, the treatment of waste is contained within the unit itself. We displace and divert urine and feces into two separate channels so that urine can be electrochemically treated into usable water, and feces can be dried and incinerated into ash for much easier disposal or fertilizer. And it’s all in one unit. There is no need for transport to offsite facilities and there is no need for the waste to come in contact with hands during waste treatment.
So when you are reading about possible solutions to the world’s worsening sanitation crisis, be sure to ask yourself “What about the waste? How is the waste being handled?”because a toilet can have all the technology in world put into it, but if it isn’t dealing with the waste properly, it could be dumped into the rivers we all drink from.