New Inventions

The toilet is always evolving. How toilets are made can be adjusted for whatever environment. Here are some of the newly invented toilets:

Green port-a-potty looking structure with solar panel on top

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A Solar-Powered, Self-Cleaning Toilet

An Indian Company, Eram Scientific, has been rolling out an automated self-cleaning toilet made of stainless steel. The toilets are designed to provide areas that lack electricity and/or common sanitation tools the privileges that a toilet offers.

 

The Crapper”
Compact, Rotating, Aerobic, Pollution-Prevention Excreta, Reducer


The Crapper is an indoor composting toilet. The toilet has a spinning drum that collects waste, aerates it and according to ONE, “reduces the volume waste by 80%, reduces odors and the number of dangerous pathogens.” The drum should be emptied every three months. The compost it produces can be used for various purposes. What makes this toilet out of the ordinary is that it costs less than $200 per unit. The manufacturers, Toilets for People, say that cost should never stop people from proper toilets. The cost of the toilet can be covered using micro-loans and subsidies over the course of a year.

SOIL Toilets 

Wooden box with a toilet seat with SOIL written on the side

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Based in Haiti, SOIL is a nonprofit that makes eco friendly toilets designed to reduce cost and make the best use of locally available materials.  The toilets are all able to separate waste into compost that people can then use for composting. SOIL is currently transforming over 5,000 gallons of human excreta per week into rich compost critical for agriculture and reforestation. Unlike other toilets, SOIL offers a guide on how to build your own toilet. This gives people the information they need to build a toilet in their environment with the materials they have around them. By building their own toilet they are more likely to take care of it.

TOTO’s Washlet S520e

Hightech white porcelean TOTO produced toilet with toilet rolls next to it

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Fancy name, right! Well, this toilet may be one of the most advanced loo’s you’ll ever lay your eyes on. Japan loves their toilets. They take pride in producing the most technologically advanced toilets man can think of. The Washlet S520e boasts a heated seat, that allows the user to adjust the temperature to their liking.  The seat is even capable of massaging your bottom. The toilet also offers a liquid cleaning service, a sort of bidet device that squirts water to clean your bottom side. You can adjust the temperature and pressure of the water. After you are done cleaning yourself, the toilet has a dryer feature. The excitement doesn’t stop there. Once you’ve finished your relaxing experience on the toilet, the seat slowly closes itself. TOTO continues to revolutionize the world of toilets with its new designs.

Mobile Toilets 

Little girl holding a peepoo bag

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Mobile toilets are small, portable and affordable. The Peepoo, for example, is a biodegradable bag with a urea lining that can be used and then discarded almost anywhere. The inexpensive bags allow users to go to the bathroom anywhere at any time. Once the bag is sealed, Peepoo keeps harmful pathogens from contaminating the environment. The bag is made of a bio-plastic allowing it to disintegrate and break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass. Peepoo completely transforms over a short period of time into high-value fertilizer. This design offers a clean way of human excreta management.

Other systems, such as re.source and x-runner offer small toilets that can fit in a home, which have “removable waste collection bags that can then be collected and taken to processing facilities” (PBS).

Bio-energy Toilets

A man holding a pipe that is burning gas

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This science has yet to become widespread. It is still being worked on in the lab, but has the potential to change how we think of turning human waste into a useful product. The Janicki Bioenergy Omniprocessor utilizes the idea of turning human waste into fuel and biogas. They have created a processor that converts sewer sludge into clean water, electrical power, and fertilizer. This new technology is still being worked on and has yet to make its way to developing countries. Organizations such as Umande trusts are trying to spread this new technology around the world, especially the countries that are still developing.

 

 

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