Saving the World, One Toilet at a Time
Very few out there (certainly not myself) could comfortably admit that they enjoy the port-a-potty experience. Usually we find ourselves trapped within those four very tight walls at a sporting event or an outdoor concert. What we don’t usually realize while holding our breath in those stinky portable toilets is how fortunate we are to be using such a system in the first place. In our developed nations, portable toilets are another luxury we get to enjoy because our societies understand and can afford proper sanitation. Globally, over 2.5 billion people lack proper sanitation; that’s a third of the entire population of the world. Sanitation Creations has set out to change that statistic, vowing to help the world one toilet at a time. By implementing their solution, the Dungaroo, the Sanitation Creations team will aim to provide billions of people in the developing world with an odorless and waterless portable toilet.
The Dungaroo is the answer that Sanitation Creations has found for the mission to offer an environmentally friendly hygienic solution for sanitation in poor countries. The process is quite simple: “The patent-pending system seals waste in specially lined bags which block odor and turn the waste into safe-to-use fertilizer or bio-gas. The individual bags are collected in containment bag and disposed of without using the current expensive, water-intensive sanitation trucks.” This portable toilet will be cleaner, cheaper, and certainly more enjoyable than most common port-a-potties.
Portable toilets are a great way to intervene in developing nations to provide proper sanitation for human waste disposal, an issue that others find equally important. In 2000, 189 member states of the United Nations agreed to the Millennium Declaration, including a declaration to halve (by 2015) the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Based on how many water projects we hear about in India and throughout Africa, it makes sense that most countries are on track to meet the standards for drinking water by 2015. However, the UN has stated that there are still many countries in danger of not meeting the sanitation target. Diarrheal disease, often caused by improper sanitation, leads to 1.5 million deaths each year. By supporting people globally without access to healthful sanitation, Sanitation Creations hopes to get closer to a balanced triple bottom line.
What makes me most excited about the Dungaroo is what happens during the final phase of the cycle. Sanitation Creations is proudly invested in promoting a more sustainable environment, and to do this they have chosen to operate according to a process known as waste-to-energy. Human excreta, collected inside plastic bags, will be recycled into power (bio-fuels) and the energy can be used to power houses or for other electricity the community desires. By using the filled bags effectively, they will be able to capture essential nutrients to create a value-added byproduct rather than excess waste water, which is the case using the standard port-a-potty we are all familiar with. Figuring out the correct disposal method to minimize environmental impact and maximize the amount of methane for energy production is not going to be an easy task and will require the help of energy experts. Reaching the campaign’s $3,000 tipping point will allow Sanitation Creations to meet with these experts and continue developing the product design. By reaching the $10,000 goal, the company will have enough funding to expedite the process and begin to create models for community versions of the disposal process. They will also have to create a marketing strategy to ensure cooperation from the communities, guaranteeing the bags are recycled instead of taken to the landfill. This $10,000 could easily be raised if someone were to stand outside the port-a-potties at an upcoming concert and charge all users a $1 toilet fee; but $10,000 could also help this organization begin improving the lives of countless individuals who deservedly need access to clean and proper sanitation.
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