Evaporative off-grid toilets don’t need plumbing, water or electricity

April 20, 2018 by  
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2.6 billion people around the planet don’t have access to safe toilets . Not only does this impact health , but empowerment as well: women and girls “face high rates of violence when they don’t have access to safe and dignified sanitation ,” according to protein biochemist and entrepreneur Diana Yousef, CEO of change:WATER Labs . She’s working on a solution: a portable, off-grid toilet. “80 percent of disease around the world is attributable to poor sanitation,” Yousef said in a Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards YouTube video ; she’s a 2018 finalist . Indigenous groups, people living in poverty, or refugees don’t have many options to deal with an absence of proper sanitation, according to change:WATER. So they’re working on a low-cost, off-grid, compact, environmentally safe toilet able to evaporate 95 percent of sewage sans energy with the help of a simple polymer membrane. Users wouldn’t need plumbing or water to flush the toilet. Related: Ergonomically-correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way Cartier Women’s Initiative says that membrane acts like a sponge, “soaking up and accelerating the evaporation of liquid contents without the use of power or heat…The vapors released are pure clean water, while the dried solids left behind are safely contained inside the membrane.” This volume reduction means toilets only have to be serviced once or twice in a month. Yousef said in the video the toilet sends waste water back into nature “in its purest form” in an attempt to promote a “cycle of use and re-use in a more efficient, sustainable, low-carbon way.” Field deployment could happen later this year; Yousef has three pilot partnerships in the United States, Central America, and in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the initiative. change:WATER is up for potential funding from the Chivas Venture (you can vote for them on the Chivas website ). Yousef said funding would allow change:WATER to get working toilets to 10,000 families by 2019. + change:WATER Labs Via the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards and Chivas Venture Image courtesy of change:WATER

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The Cornelia tiny house is a peaceful writer’s studio built with reclaimed wood

April 20, 2018 by  
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One of the best things to come from the tiny home  trend is the peace of living in a quiet atmosphere – which is especially important for writers. At the request of renowned children’s author Cornelia Funke,  New Frontier Tiny Homes  created The Cornelia — which is just 24 feet in length and 8.5 feet wide. Funke’s tiny house is a serene three-in-one space that can be used as a writing studio, a guest house and a library. The Cornelia’s high vaulted ceilings provide the tiny house with plenty of vertical space. Abundant windows provide plenty of natural light and stunning views of the surrounding forest. Reclaimed barn wood covers the walls and ceilings, giving the home an inviting cabin feel. A small deck is covered with a wooden awning, creating a serene spot to enjoy the outdoors. Related: Firefighter’s self-built tiny house is an earthship on wheels The designers customized the layout of the compact space  to fit Funke’s needs. High ledges span the length of both walls to provide ample space for storing books. Minimal furnishings open up the space and keep it safe from clutter. The desk, which is located under a large window, can be folded down when not in use. A small, incredibly space-efficient kitchen is located on one end of the home and the bathroom is located in a corner of the living space. The loft, which fits a king-size bed, is accessible by a movable ladder. The efficient, modern design and lush surroundings offer plenty of inspiration for the tiny home’s creative inhabitant. + New Frontier Tiny Homes Via Apartment Therapy Images via New Frontier Tiny Homes

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"Poop As You Go" Biogas Bike To Go On 600 Mile Tour Of Japan

October 3, 2011 by  
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Photos: TOTO Never dreamed poop could get you blazing down the asphalt? Well, now it all comes true as Japan’s biggest toilet maker, TOTO , takes the toilet on the road with its launch of the Toilet Bike Neo, a bike that’s powered entirely by human waste. The bike runs on biogas converted from feces that is harvested directly from the driver — who sits on the bike’s toilet-styled seat. It gives a new twist to “poop as you go,” but that’s not the only quirky innovation that this bike will feature…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Composting Toilets: Whose Is the Fairest of Them All?

September 2, 2011 by  
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Despite prejudices, many of us know that composting toilets are often a remarkably pleasant place to do your business. From portable composting toilets for festivals , complete with potted plants and reading materials, to the affordable Lovable Loo that even makes pooping in a bucket look surprisingly sophisticated. Permaculture Magazine has already noted that compos… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Creepy, Glowing "Soldiers" Represents Nuclear Threat in Art Exhibit

September 2, 2011 by  
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All Photos: Gustavo Sanabria , Courtesy of Luzinterruptus In the wake of the disaster at Fukushima , the German parliament voted overwhelmingly to rid the country of nuclear power by 2022. But while anonymous artistic group Luzin… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Bill Gates: In Search of a Smarter and Resourceful Toilet 2.0

July 22, 2011 by  
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is embarking on a new sanitation-focussed strategy . Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President of the Foundations’s Global Development Program, announced in her keynote address at the 2011 AfricaSan3 Conference in Kigali, on July 19th- “The sanitation revolution has done more to save lives and improve health than any public health intervention in the past 200 years. But the flush toilet has only reached one-third of the world’s population. Clearly, we need to encourage new ideas and new approaches to accelerate safe and affordable access to sanitation for everyone.” This is why the foundation has announced $41.5 million in new program investments and a new  program strategy . “Some of these funds will be used to spur innovation in  sanitation science and technology , which includes the capture and storage of human waste, as well as its processing into reusable energy, fertilizer, and fresh water.” UNICEF estimates that 1.1 billion people worldwide don’t have access to any kind of toilet or ways of eliminating waste. That, in turn, fouls drinking water and can cause diarrhea, which spreads quickly. The goal is to find “innovative solutions” for sanitation in poor urban areas. Gates says it’s time to move on from the era of the classic toilet. He points out that- ..”despite all the recent achievements, 40% of the world’s population, or some 2.5 billion people, still lives without proper means of flushing away excrement. But just giving them Western-style toilets isn’t possible because of the world’s limited water resources .” Some of these funds will be used to spur innovation in  sanitation science and technology , which includes the capture and storage of human waste, as well as its processing into reusable energy, fertilizer, and fresh water. The program’s  Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative is focused on engaging creative minds to work on scientific and technological breakthroughs for the world’s most pressing health and development problems. GCE is a grant program that fosters innovative, early-stage research to expand the pipeline of ideas that can lead to those much-needed global health and development solutions. Some of the innovative solutions that have received grants include- Technology to Convert Excreta to Valuable Product- Developing a single portable unit that combines anaerobic micro-digesters and micro-combined heat/power thermoelectric generation units—that can consume human excreta to generate electricity, heat, methane, fertilizer, and water. Each device will be designed to serve a single extended family. Algae for the Effective and Economical Treatment of Waste- Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae- mass cultivated using wastewater as the feedstock) will treat waste and produce two forms of renewable energy: nutrient- rich fertilizer to enhance agriculture and bio-methane to power the facility and local communities. In addition, the foundation challenged 22 universities to submit proposals for- how to invent a waterless, hygienic toilet that is safe and affordable for people in the developing world and doesn’t have to be connected to a sewer. Eight universities were awarded grants to “reinvent the toilet.” Some of the innovative grants include: A toilet that produces biological charcoal, minerals, and clean water. Turning the toilet into an electricity generator for local use. A toilet that uses mechanical dehydration and smoldering of feces to recover resources and energy. Bill Gates has turned his attention to a very unglamorous and taboo, but critical aspect of human life- the toilet and is looking to give it a much-needed technological uplift. Why not? When everything around us is becoming smarter and multi-functional, why not the toilet?

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Love Herbal Tea? Check Out The Insteading Giveaway!

July 22, 2011 by  
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Even though herbal tea might be a favorite drink for warming up in the winter time, it’s important to remember that teas can be beneficial to your health any time of the year. If your busy day keeps your mind racing at night, or spicy food often gives you indigestion, a new line of 100 percent organic teas from HELPS can be a healthy, soothing alternative to over-the-counter remedies. HELPS offers a complete line of therapeutic teas for both adults and children. If you’d like to win a selection of their newest tea products, take just a few minutes to enter on our sister site, Insteading !

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Minimalist Table and Stool Reduce a Work Space to Bare Bones Basics

July 18, 2011 by  
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Images Courtesy of Adam Senior At TreeHugger, we’re a little obsessed with work space designs: desks made for standing , sitting, a little of both and even walking . Here’s a design from British designer Adam Senior that takes a minimalist approach to the desk. Th… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The History of the Bathroom Part 5: Alexander Kira and Designing For People, Not Plumbing

July 15, 2011 by  
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Images credit Alexander Kira, the Bathroom Book Have a look at your sink after you brush your teeth or shave. There is stuff all over it that you have to clean up. You can’t wash your hair in it. Alexander Kira of Cornell University looked at the bathroom sink, and toilet and tub, in the early sixties and was appalled. He wrote: Architects and builders – who actually are the purchasers and who actually are responsible for the design of our bathrooms – must begin to think of hygiene facilities as an important part of the home and as an important aspect of our daily lives rather than as a necessary evil to be accommodated ac… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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DIVE! The Dumpster Diving Movie Comes to DVD (With Minimal Packaging)

July 15, 2011 by  
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Image credit: DIVE! DIVE!, the documentary about living off America’s trash has been making the rounds of the film festivals for some time now. It’s even sparked a huge campaign to get Trader Joe’s to stop wasting food . Now the show is coming to a screen near you, as the film is finally launched on DVD. And yes, it comes in pretty minimal packaging too…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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