Do you know that 80% of the world’s diseases occur because of the availability of poor sanitation solutions to about 1.2 billion people around the globe (stated in a report by World Health Organization)? Do you know that no access to sanitation lets the pubescent girls drop-out from school? Can you imagine what it would be like for the young kids to concentrate on their classroom education without being able to go to the bathroom?
The urban drinking-water and sanitation infrastructure in some megacities on our globe can’t keep up with its rapid growth. According to the WHO, around 20% of urban dwellers were suffering a lack of improved sanitation access in 2012. Especially in urban regions of developing countries, a comparatively large part, allegedly more than 50%, must suffer poor drinking-water and sanitation conditions.
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Perhaps we can change that in the future with the following off-grid toilet? Change:WATER Labs CEO Diana Yosef has designed an evaporative off-grid toilet which will probably able to solve this problem of masses. This toilet is based on the principle that human waste consists of 90 to 95% water. The applied polymer membrane allows separating the dry part from the liquid one. The dried waste can be accumulated safely while the clean water waste gets evaporated quickly. To make it clear: No water, heat or energy is needed for the operation. Diana’s toilette even renders pipes or tanks unnecessary.
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The compact and easy to use evaporative off-grid toilet is available at a very reasonable price. Its easy, fast and affordable off-grid installation allows accessibility nearly everywhere. Due to the intensive drying process, a low waste volume is remaining every day and therefore extending emptying intervals. For the mentioned reasons, this stand-alone unit is considered to be very practical.
Diana is a biochemistry graduate from Harvard and a doctorate from Cornell University who wants to solve the world’s water problem and at the same time empower girls by utilizing this evaporative toilet technology. She has over ten years of experience in commercializing technology and understanding issues that concern sanitation and women empowerment.
“I wanted to be in charge of a business that aligned with my values and uses technology for a positive social impact; I also wanted to be a role model for my daughters by showing them that you create your own future,” says Diana.
Success doesn’t come easily. This held true for Diana who had to undergo a lot of trials and errors to be successful in designing this evaporative toilet. “Some days, it’s enough to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I’ve learned that sometimes, big breakthroughs come at the most desperate moments.” This is why “my advice to fellow female entrepreneurs would be to ‘be brave’.”