Globally, 1 billion people lack access to safe, clean toilets because their homes have no sewage plumbing. Instead, they must use shared facilities—exposing them to disease, violence, and sexual assault—or defecate openly. Such poor sanitation perpetuates poor health, poverty, and pollution, even in wealthy countries like the United States.
Change:Water Labs’ iThrone Evaporative Toilet brings an inexpensive, sanitary toilet into slums, transitional housing, and other under-resourced informal homes. The compact, waterless toilet can be installed anywhere, regardless of infrastructure.
A low-cost evaporative membrane dehydrates human waste—extracting and reclaiming more than 90 percent of it as pure water—using pouches that need emptying just once a month. Its bio-battery converts urine into electricity that powers ventilation, dispelling gasses and odors. The device requires little maintenance, which keeps costs low, and provides consumers with immediate access to a clean, safe, and private toilet.
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- Diana Yousef Founder and CEO, change:WATER Labs