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ECOLOO Sustainable Sanitation Solution

Peace and Prosperity through ECOLOO, an eco-social innovation that saves lives, water and environment!

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

ECOLOO is a social impact driven enterprise that is established to design, manufacture, market & distribute our eco social innovations related to water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) and environment to solve the world's pressing WASH issues leading to huge social, health and environmental impact.

Direct impact on SDGs:
 SDG#3: Good health & Well Being - hygienic toilets like ECOLOO lead to healthier people especially for women and children:
o Security issue: women and children get attacked by poisonous snakes and other dangerous insects and animals while defecating in the open
o Rape risk issue: women are facing a high risk of rape by men who are keen to keep eyes on them defecating in the open losing their dignities, pride and risking their lives
o Health issue: a woman holding her bladder on daily basis for many hours develops a permanent pee-leakage problem & bad smell at younger age
 SDG#6: Clean Water & Sanitation. ECOLOO provides sustainable sanitation solutions that are totally enclosed system (preventing pollution and contamination), waterless (preventing sewage generation and environmental contamination) and in line with what the World Bank highlighted on their blog recently:
http://blogs.worldbank.org/africacan/why-kenyas-sanitation-challenge-requires-urgent-attention
o World War III will be fought over water: In 2015, NASA’s satellite data revealed that 21 of the world’s 37 large aquifers are severely water-stressed
https://qz.com/691254/world-war-iii-will-be-fought-over-water
o The article about the ecological quantification of the relationships between water, sanitation and infant, child, and maternal mortality published by US National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health demonstrates the missing link between water, sanitation and mortality: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3293047
o The number of poor people is rocketing, and "Water for ALL" is moving into the WRONG direction of "Only water for the Happy Few in 2050".

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are mainly the BoPs, rural communities which have no access to proper toilet or lack toilet facilities, people who lack of water or water is scarce due to drought or geographical condition, people who are victims of disaster such as flood, typhoon, cholera outbreak, refugees or homeless, schools that lack of toilet, but even floating houses & chalets, public, pilgrims, devotees, tourists, construction workers and more.

ECOLOO can help achieving SDG#1: No poverty - the poor can benefit from free organic fertilizer generated in our toilet system.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

ECOLOO has absolutely no smell, waterless, hassle free and energy free toilet system. Just pee poo and go!

The uniqueness of our sustainable toilet eco social innovation ECOLOO which has been developed in Sweden back in 2007 is that it is ecofriendly, odourless, waterless, sewage free, energy free and low maintenance. It does not require any water for flushing though water can still be used for cleaning or hygiene or purposes. Our biological toilet employs a special Swedish formula to treat human waste by breaking down the excreta into ashes and converts the urine into organic fertilizer that is pathogen free yet rich with nutrition.

ECOLOO is affordable, beneficial, biological, durable, ecological, economical and ergonomically designed for comfort, health and safety. It comes in various designs and purposes to be used indoor and outdoor; single and multiple; rural or urban areas, terrace houses to high rise buildings, and it is suitable for all purposes in any weather condition

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Full Scale Roll Out: I have already tested and scaled this idea significantly with the intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

ECOLOO Group is a leading GREEN innovation company. We develop, build and market unique & patented innovations and environmental solutions.

http://www.ecoloogroup.com
https://www.facebook.com/ecoloogroup

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

The ECOLOO development journey started with a TV documentary on Swedish television showing the actual situation of the BoPs who suffers because the lack of adequate sanitation & how kids & women practice open defecation while other low class women collect poo with no gloves nor shoes walking from house to house for just few rupees. The live of those poor women was miserable & short. That was the motivation behind the creation and R&D of our toilet technology of which we are very passionate about

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Peace is influenced by water tensions in developing countries especially those which are facing drought and water scarcity in Africa, Asia and Middle East.

As highlighted earlier, World War III will be fought over water: In 2015, NASA’s satellite data revealed that 21 of the world’s 37 large aquifers are severely water-stressed
https://qz.com/691254/world-war-iii-will-be-fought-over-water

Our Toilet Technology ECOLOO is waterless (no flushing but water can still be used for hygiene purposes) and will save billions of gallons of fresh water that are otherwise used on flushing. That creates stress, conflict and maybe war in the society or between countries.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

We will work together with local social entrepreneurs and NGOs to achieve our goals in educating the community on the importance of water and trying to change the mindset of them in regards to flush toilets and the necessity of water conservation.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Top strength in the community are:
1. Women are proved to be great social entrepreneurs who can get things done and are good in influencing and leading the family into the right direction we are aiming at.
2. NGOs are dedicated to solve the issues related to water, sanitation and hygiene.
3. Students appreciate new solutions and will be our tools to bring ECOLOO to their homes where the whole family will use it and save more water.

Geographic Focus

We target rural areas and small communities that need our solutions due to lack of good sanitation.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

We estimate that our project requires 24 month to accomplish.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Photo of Clare Sewell
Team

Great concept. It would be good to understand what the ongoing maintenance requirements are and if there are any consumables that need adding to the system?

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Team

Dear Clare,
Thank you for your nice comments.
Please read the answer of your question on the following link and look for Q23:
http://www.ecoloogroup.com/faq.html
All the best!

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Team

Dear ECOLOO group,

We have read through your FAQ-list http://www.ecoloogroup.com/faq.html, and you have provided great responses to the many and diverse questions there. We are looking very much forward to a response as soon as you can make it, on our questions on the sustainability on the toilet itself, the reuse of the plastic in it etc.

One of the thoughts we have discussed in our team, is to put your system as a kind of removable section, where we design a permanent toilet for building into a brick-and-mortar house to be using an ECOLOO toilet system. Do you have such "plug-and-play" toilet-units?

We understand that when setting up the ECOLOO, then you have a lot of work to be on the ground, educating people. This costs an arm and a leg. Now, we do not know how you produce the toilet - for instance if it is plastic injection moulding or if it is made of metal or other materials too.

Have you considered how the price could come down, for instance by providing full 3D drawings for CNC milling of moulds for plastic injection moulding, such that the toilet can be locally produced in each country for instance on a license, then you place a (large) QR code on the toilet at different places - and that one will be used together with a smart phone + a QR code reader, to display Youtube videos, which can be made with multiple languages - and the bottom line could be that your cost could reduce tremendously, thereby you could earn more, provide the solution for much less, and thereby spread your wings much faster - and with the figures you have provided, we are talking about savings in the vicinity of 20% to 50% of daily fresh water consumption now being saved.

Now you have of course developed your own business model, and all of these things are truly your prerogative. Ours is just to make you aware of the model we have chosen, which is free for you to inquire about, where we simply give away the production for free, against QA/QC commitment, and thereby we will be able to expand, globally, without setting up even one office elsewhere, and with better (!) customer care, as it is done by locals who does this for business, and where what we will do, is to train those locals in each country who are in charge of the production.

What do you think about this? Is it complete and utter madness, or what do you think?

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Sincerely
Rational Intuitive IVS
Thomas / David

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