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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: 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?

Photo of ECOLOO Group
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!

Photo of David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer
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

Photo of Ana Luisa Ahern
Team

Very interesting proposal, I am curious how will you get community buy-in? What will the selection process look like when choosing beneficiaries? How will you decide what communities to target?

Photo of David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer
Team

Wow. We are not finished yet, dear ECOLOO Group ...

We would also like to know which different models you have. It is obvious, that with the benefits you have listed, it would be desirable to have an ECOLOO model in a normal house, instead of Pit-latrine, instead of water flushed toilet.

Do you have a model which can be installed in a normal house, instead of the usual water-flush/septic tank model which is so wide spread in the Nairobi region?

3 million people using water-flushed toilets every day, with at least 2 flushes per person per day, resembles the consumption of roughly 60 million liter of water, provided that the size of the cistern is 10 liter in average.

While this "only" amounts to some 22 billion liter of water per year, and while it may not be much compared to the total consumption per year for Nairobi, it is of such a size, so that it resembles the total consumption of an approximate 300,000 normal lower middle class households in Nairobi per year resembling some 6 cubic metre of water per month, or, roughly 10% of the water consumption for Nairobi.

So, if you have designed a version which can be installed in a normal house setting, in a unit way, in the same way a water flushed toilet is being installed, we would like to know.

Sincerely
Rational Intuitive IVS

Photo of David / Thomas Svarrer / Høyer
Team

Dear ECOLOO,

(Written by David Svarrer)

You wrote: "Direct impact on SDGs:
 SDG#3: Good health & Well Being - hygienic toilets like ECOLOO lead to healthier people especially for women and children:

Question: Why especially for women and children? Why not for men?

o Security issue: women and children get attacked by poisonous snakes and other dangerous insects and animals while defecating in the open

Question: I have not read about these dangers? Are these risks miniscule compared to other issues?

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

Question: We have incidents within the closed loo-containers - in this very same Kenya - where men used the "interior" of such loo-containers to do the same.

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"

Question: I have understood that the main cause of pee-leakage problem is linked directly to lack of education, bad birth preparation, lack of competent midwives, leading to all degrees of Fistula. I have learned from the local women here in Kenya, that exactly the OPPOSITE - namely - holding the bladder, and making squeeze-exercises, maintains their bladder-closure capability across births.

Would you mind sharing documentation on each of these particular issues?

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You wrote: " 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:"

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

And you also wrote: "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."

So - this sounds good. We would like to know in details, HOW the ECOLOO system works. In minute details. We would also like to know what is the guaranteed life span of the ECOLOO, standing out in open air / sun / rain - and we would like to know how one will harvest the ashes and the processed organic fertilizer, while the toilet is being in constant use? Our thoughts - pure practical, hands on - are the following: If the user constantly adds to the urine and faeces, then it would be our uneducated take, that we cannot harvest the fertilizer until at least some time has passed, meanwhile the toilet cannot be used.

So, we would like to know the "duty cycle" or the cycle as such, of using the toilet, harvesting the ashes and the organic fertilizer, such that it is truly pathogen free.

We would like to know the cost of the ECOLOO, delivered in Nairobi, Kenya, as in 1 piece, 10 pieces or a container of them. We would also like to know where we go with spare parts, which has been damaged, and how we for instance replace any of the spare parts, should it become damaged. Damage can easily occur, for instance when placed freely on an open land, if a car hits it while parking - or due to other reasons not related at all to ECOLOO. And in that case we would like to know how we replace the broken part, how we return the broken part, and the cost of the spare parts, and the compexity (or ease!!!) of exchanging the part.

Given that you are able to respond to this, we are likely to be able to identify communities along our way while we go out with our Nexus 7 solar concentrator, where it would be very beneficial for them with the ECOLOO. We tend to think that every community we visit, would need from a handful of these ECOLOO's, up to even 40, 50 or more - and provided that you have good, professional, workable responses to our questions, we would like to meet up with you, and get started on collaboration, that is, provided that you find it a workable model that we bring your concept with us.

We are already at this moment working together with 3 other projects, providing electrical power, water and cooking stoves, and we would be happy to join forces with your esteemed ECOLOO too.

Thanks a lot for working on these issues. What REALLY enticed Thomas and I was the fact that it is completely DRY, it has no odour, it produces a bit of fertilizer (pathogen free), and thereby - it is not necessary with water to flush, or sewage or septic tank to store sewage (with all the environmental problems from those !!).

Sincerely
Rational Intuitive IVS
David Svarrer / Thomas Høyer

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Team

Dear ECOLOO Sustainable Sanitation Solution - I (David Svarrer) live in Kenya, and I have seen dilapidated, deteriorated plastic toilet-houses, approximately 80 x 80 x 200 centimeters, which has obviously been broken down by sun/wind/rain - being left in the environment at various locations here.

We would in our team like to know from your ECOLOO Group - how you have established methods / models such that you have a fully controlled - not assumed/presumed - model for recycling of your ECOLOO's.

I have seen other such toilets being used at conferences, as extra toilets - and their state is deplorable to say the least. Walls which have bent in, where it is obvious that the bending is caused by overheating of some sort - maybe storage - maybe direct sunlight.

So - HOW is your system constructed - how is your recycling planned ?? I have seen in your prospect, the possibility of recycling / cradle 2 cradle - but I have not seen sufficiently strong linkage to live action, tested procedures - which will ensure that each and every of your ecoloo's will be returnable to the manufacturer / distributor and the very content of it will be recycled.

We would - on the other hand - love to bring your concept with us wherever we go, provided that you can enlighten us, very hands on, very action oriented, very directly - on the full recyclability of your loo's.

Sincerely
Rational Intuitive IVS
David Svarrer / Thomas Høyer

Photo of Tyler Goodwin
Team

Hello ECOLOO Group -- would love to hear more about your distribution model. Can you share more about how your technology is sold and serviced?

Photo of Hadi Shamieh
Team

Hello,

Great project! Would you be willing to explain more about how the solid wastes are treated?You mentioned that no water is needed to flush. Very impressive! Does it flush with brown (carbon-rich) organic matter? Do you need to add chemicals to perform this task?

Photo of Hadi Shamieh
Team

I just read on your website that bacterial cultures need to be added once a month. Can those cultures be sources locally? How can people in refugee camps in Lebanon (for example) access those cultures? Are these cultures synthesized "sludges"? Is the decomposition anaerobic or aerobic?Excuse my many questions. I am concerned about these as one of our projects (in PraxEco - see my profile for details) is the production of a fully self-sustainable toilet system.

Photo of Anastasia Kaschenko
Team

This is a great concept, Ecoloo! I would like to share with you a group that is doing similar important work in East Africa in the sanitation and hygene sector. http://www.saner.gy/
Sanergy. I hope you are able to connect with them and share ideas!

Photo of Willoughby Eunice
Team

A very interesting concept.

Photo of Tuba Naziruddin
Team

ECOLOO Group Thanks for sharing the idea. It is very unique. I would love to learn more on the technology behind the water less loo. Maybe a schematic in the upcoming days would help. Also it would be helpful to share learning from your initial pilot.

Photo of ECOLOO Group
Team

Dear Tuba,
Thank you for your comments.
To read more about our successful pilot project we received a new award for, please visit the following link: https://www.energyglobe.info/jordan2018?cl=en&id=277491
We have earlier shared some other links including the following:
http://www.ecoloogroup.com/impact.html

Should you still have more questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
Thank you.

Photo of Kevin Adair
Team

I'm looking through the materials, and I don't think I am seeing photos or video of the units. Where are they in use now?

Photo of ECOLOO Group
Team

Dear Kevin,
You may visit our facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/ecoloogroup/
Also http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/project-aims-promote-biodiversity-conservation-tourism-sector
Thank you!

Photo of Kevin Adair
Team

Thank you, I'll check the links.

Photo of Shikha Dixit
Team

Dear ECOLOO Sustainable Sanitation Solution team, yours is quite interesting an idea and could be a game changer for WaSH. Our team also is looking at addressing WaSH issues through youth involvement. Is there any published study regarding the acceptability, efficiency and cost effectiveness of this model? It would be great to learn more about this as I feel this may be applicable to India too.
Best of luck
Shikha

Photo of ECOLOO Group
Team

Dear Shikha,
Thank you for your message. We have exported our products to over 20 countries and received many awards and recognition including UN. You may visit our website and facebook page for more info.
With ECOLOO, users get return on their investment in just 3-5 years if they harvest the organic liquid fertilizer generated in the system. A money making machine indeed!

Photo of Taru Niskanen
Team

Hi have you done any work in South Africa? We are planning a couple of housing related projects there and looking into eco-toilet solutions. From your website I can see that you have also an indoor model, which would be particularly interesting for us. Perhaps an opportunity to collaborate?

Photo of ECOLOO Group
Team

Hello Taru,

Yes we have shipped some ECOLOO toilets to SA and can absolutely collaborate.
Kindly email us your inquiry and organisation profile to mail@ecoloo.eu

Thanks you!

Photo of Subhani Katugampala
Team

Hi ECOLOO Team, this idea has the potential for tremendous impact as it addresses numerous SDGs with one innovation. I was wondering if you can give an idea of how affordable this technology might be for implementation in rural settings where such solutions are needed most. Also, where specifically has this project been tested and where do you plan to do the full-scale roll out?

Photo of ECOLOO Group
Team

The technology is affordable and it has been installed in 20 countries around the world.
We are planning to expand our business in Asia (India & China) and Africa (SA, Ghana & Uganda).

Photo of Serene Dardari
Team

Hello ECOLOO!

Please let us get in touch, we need this in Lebanon. The sanitary situation in refugee camps is horrible. This is much needed.

Best of luck

Serene

Photo of ECOLOO Group
Team

Dear Serene,
Thank you for your message. We are aware about the sanitation situation at refugee camps in Lebanon and we are working on installing some there soon.
Will contact you as soon we are there.
Cheers!

Photo of Oluwamayowa
Team

What's your business model please? Is your idea based on funding from grant makers alone?

Photo of ECOLOO Group
Team

We do sell to UN organisations, NGOs, developers, government and private customers.

Photo of ECOLOO Group
Team

Dear All,

Thank you for your comments.

To better understand our technology, please read the following infor here:
http://www.ecoloogroup.com/impact.html

Should you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Thank you.

Photo of Jaci Braga
Team

Dear ECOLOO Group,
This product sounds amazing, although I am still not completely clear about how it works. Bacteria eats the waste?
Where we are located in Bahia, Brazil we have favelas popping up everywhere. In fact, right behind my house there is a mini favela and all of the sewer from each home is going into a stream that goes into the mangroves and then the Contas River, right before it connects to the ocean. These are all areas where children swim and play as well! It would be amazing to have better solutions here as the municipality simply isn't doing anything about it. Please check out the ETIV Environmental Justice League, as we would certainly work to promote these types of products here in Brazil, especially if we could receive some kind of support to bring your toilets here!

Photo of Snigdha Jha
Team

Dear ECOLOO team,

This concept is really interesting! Having 4 years of experience in the same sector, I have not seen a waterless solution where the sewage is turned to ash and urine into an organic fertilizer. Would love to read more about this technology and the sustainability of it, kindly advice where I might find published data about this.

Good Luck!
Best Regards
Snigdha Jha