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This toilet roll is not for regular use, but you got to open it only when the regular one suddenly gets over. Even though it's just a roll of toilet paper, at least one mind quite well imagined an annoying situation where there is no toilet paper left and also came up with a solution. Worth complimenting.

This toilet roll is not for regular use, but you got to open it only when the regular one suddenly gets over. Even though it's just a roll of toilet paper, at least one mind quite well imagined an annoying situation where there is no toilet paper left and also came up with a solution. Worth complimenting.

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WASSUP (Water Amenities Sanitation Services Upgrading Program) is an initiative to improve the public ablution facilities in the township of Diepsloot, Johannesburg, by residents for residents. Initiated by Global Studio (see www.theglobalstudio.com) in 2007 , the project is now led by Diepsloot locals who have worked to repair the toilets, drains and taps in their township. The work has a direct impact on the daily lives of an estimated 70,000 residents who have not had access to adequate sanitation infrastructure. 
A website has been started - see www.wassupdiepsloot.com - which is currently under construction.

WASSUP (Water Amenities Sanitation Services Upgrading Program) is an initiative to improve the public ablution facilities in the township of Diepsloot, Johannesburg, by residents for residents. Initiated by Global Studio (see www.theglobalstudio.com) in 2007 , the project is now led by Diepsloot locals who have worked to repair the toilets, drains and taps in their township. The work has a direct impact on the daily lives of an estimated 70,000 residents who have not had access to adequate sanitation infrastructure. A website has been started - see www.wassupdiepsloot.com - which is currently under construction.

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Composting (or dry) toilets don't use any water and compost the waste so that you can put it straight on gardens and fields. Composting occurs at a steady pace and is best left for at least a year to decompose thoroughly. To avoid handling raw sewage, you can build a dual-chamber compost toilet. Each chamber is sized to fill up over a year. The seat can be switched between chambers, so that the second is filled whilst the first composts down completely!

Keeping urine separate is usually the key to a successful composting toilet, otherwise they can become anaerobic and smelly. As urine is high in nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, if collected separately it can be used as a fertiliser (on non-food plants) when mixed about 1:10 in water.

Composting (or dry) toilets don't use any water and compost the waste so that you can put it straight on gardens and fields. Composting occurs at a steady pace and is best left for at least a year to decompose thoroughly. To avoid handling raw sewage, you can build a dual-chamber compost toilet. Each chamber is sized to fill up over a year. The seat can be switched between chambers, so that the second is filled whilst the first composts down completely! Keeping urine separate is usually the key to a successful composting toilet, otherwise they can become anaerobic and smelly. As urine is high in nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, if collected separately it can be used as a fertiliser (on non-food plants) when mixed about 1:10 in water.

Photo of Dane Murray
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People in poor countries consume an average of one tree a day, only to cook. Switching this energy source to small bio-digesters and production of biogas, together with food production represents an important revolution.

People in poor countries consume an average of one tree a day, only to cook. Switching this energy source to small bio-digesters and production of biogas, together with food production represents an important revolution.

Photo of Fabiano Gallindo
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GEMSS is a low cost means to improve sanitation and better manage human waste in poor countries. It’s a new public toilet accessible by code from SMS and work with the energy from plasma gasification technology and pyrolysis processes that convert almost any waste material into usable product as green energy. The mobile technology, including everything from inventive applications to simple text messaging, is increasingly ubiquitous in the developing world and holds great potential for impact in areas such as sanitation. Access to the toilet will be possible by sending a free sms that generates a code in return which will allow the user to open the toilet door. It works with energy provided by waste to energy technology using plasma gasification. This technology allows for 100 % conversion of waste to energy in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. How to find GEMSS? A mobile application for geolocation developed in Ghana dialects and English will help people to identify their position to the GEMSS.

GEMSS is a low cost means to improve sanitation and better manage human waste in poor countries. It’s a new public toilet accessible by code from SMS and work with the energy from plasma gasification technology and pyrolysis processes that convert almost any waste material into usable product as green energy. The mobile technology, including everything from inventive applications to simple text messaging, is increasingly ubiquitous in the developing world and holds great potential for impact in areas such as sanitation. Access to the toilet will be possible by sending a free sms that generates a code in return which will allow the user to open the toilet door. It works with energy provided by waste to energy technology using plasma gasification. This technology allows for 100 % conversion of waste to energy in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. How to find GEMSS? A mobile application for geolocation developed in Ghana dialects and English will help people to identify their position to the GEMSS.

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Domestos along with digital agency Lean Mean Fighting Machine have worked together to make flush tracker http://www.flushtracker.com/ in aid of world toilet day.
Flush Tracker allows you to enter the time and location of your most recent toilet visit, and uses Google Maps to let you track your faeces as they make their way through your local sewers

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/847768-flush-tracker-lets-you-track-your-poo#ixzz17hSfwIzX

The Flush tracker raises awareness of sanitation but at the same time does it in a light hearted way. The response was truly amazing with the servers crashing on day one!

Domestos along with digital agency Lean Mean Fighting Machine have worked together to make flush tracker http://www.flushtracker.com/ in aid of world toilet day. Flush Tracker allows you to enter the time and location of your most recent toilet visit, and uses Google Maps to let you track your faeces as they make their way through your local sewers Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/847768-flush-tracker-lets-you-track-your-poo#ixzz17hSfwIzX The Flush tracker raises awareness of sanitation but at the same time does it in a light hearted way. The response was truly amazing with the servers crashing on day one!

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In Brazil, some communities are organizing themselves into associations to collect and recycle garbage. This entrepreneurship movement leads to a next level of citizenship, where people are motivated to start taking action to solve all sorts of social problems without waiting for the Government. This is 'citizenship maturity' lacks in poor communities by lack of perspective, culture and education. Once they realize that they can work together, with a little push from NGO's and Government, great things can happen.
While the "catadores" collect garbage for recycling, they are also cleaning their local environment and generating extra income for their families.
Most importantly: this is an extremally simple and already tested concept that can be easily implemented.

In Brazil, some communities are organizing themselves into associations to collect and recycle garbage. This entrepreneurship movement leads to a next level of citizenship, where people are motivated to start taking action to solve all sorts of social problems without waiting for the Government. This is 'citizenship maturity' lacks in poor communities by lack of perspective, culture and education. Once they realize that they can work together, with a little push from NGO's and Government, great things can happen. While the "catadores" collect garbage for recycling, they are also cleaning their local environment and generating extra income for their families. Most importantly: this is an extremally simple and already tested concept that can be easily implemented.

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From their website: Cleanwaste is the world's leader in personal human waste management "when plumbing's not available".

From their website: Cleanwaste is the world's leader in personal human waste management "when plumbing's not available".

Photo of Larry Cheng
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Dog poop is disposed of in various ways including simply being left on the ground (in volume, can spread disease, contaminate water supply, and emit greenhouse gas), bag & trash (plastic bag & contents don't decompose and take space in landfill), flushed down the toilet (to be processed along with human waste), composted (already mentioned in other inspirations), and bacteria/enzyme digested (covered more below).

Dog poop is disposed of in various ways including simply being left on the ground (in volume, can spread disease, contaminate water supply, and emit greenhouse gas), bag & trash (plastic bag & contents don't decompose and take space in landfill), flushed down the toilet (to be processed along with human waste), composted (already mentioned in other inspirations), and bacteria/enzyme digested (covered more below).

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Building on Anna's "Fund it with Advertising" inspiration, Charmin toilet paper has been sponsoring public restrooms in the US as a marketing activity for years, rolling up to big public events with their luxury freestanding and mobile restrooms. For example, right now, there are 20 public Charmin restrooms in the heart of New York City: http://www.charmin.com/en_US/enjoy-the-go/nyc-restrooms.php

Building on Anna's "Fund it with Advertising" inspiration, Charmin toilet paper has been sponsoring public restrooms in the US as a marketing activity for years, rolling up to big public events with their luxury freestanding and mobile restrooms. For example, right now, there are 20 public Charmin restrooms in the heart of New York City: http://www.charmin.com/en_US/enjoy-the-go/nyc-restrooms.php

Photo of Vincent Cheng
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From below it can be seen that marketing of the toilet is what made Crappers products famous. The image was taken from a pub in Chester, original marketing print.

Contrary to widespread misconceptions, Crapper did not invent the water closet. He did, however, do much to increase the popularity of the toilet, and developed some important related inventions, such as the ballcock. In the 1880s, Prince Edward (later Edward VII) purchased his country seat of Sandringham House in Norfolk and asked Thomas Crapper & Co. to supply the plumbing, including thirty lavatories with cedarwood seats and enclosures, thus giving Crapper his first Royal Warrant. The firm received further warrants from Edward as King and from George V both as Prince of Wales and as King.

From below it can be seen that marketing of the toilet is what made Crappers products famous. The image was taken from a pub in Chester, original marketing print. Contrary to widespread misconceptions, Crapper did not invent the water closet. He did, however, do much to increase the popularity of the toilet, and developed some important related inventions, such as the ballcock. In the 1880s, Prince Edward (later Edward VII) purchased his country seat of Sandringham House in Norfolk and asked Thomas Crapper & Co. to supply the plumbing, including thirty lavatories with cedarwood seats and enclosures, thus giving Crapper his first Royal Warrant. The firm received further warrants from Edward as King and from George V both as Prince of Wales and as King.

Photo of James Inglesby
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thinking of a cheap biodegradable way of containing / disposing....I remember somebody advising me about what to do after an earthquake...make 'upside down paper hats' that you use somewhere private, then bury.

thinking of a cheap biodegradable way of containing / disposing....I remember somebody advising me about what to do after an earthquake...make 'upside down paper hats' that you use somewhere private, then bury.

Photo of David Webster
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Making the connection between sanitation methods and the safety of water is a challenge when the water just looks so appealing. Many communities just ignore the safety of their water source and use it anyway.

Making the connection between sanitation methods and the safety of water is a challenge when the water just looks so appealing. Many communities just ignore the safety of their water source and use it anyway.

Photo of Liz Kramer
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