Gallery: Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for ...


One of the biggest culprits of disease and death in slum areas around the world is the lack of sanitary toilets. There are several places in Uganda’s capital Kampala where, on average, 1000 people have to share the same toilet and where urine and excrement are dumped directly onto the streets or into open sewers. Appalled at these conditions, Design without Borders (DwB) decided to intervene and came up with a holistic solution to the problem. Sarah Kell and her DwB team designed a unisex Ecological Urinal that collects urine, stores it in a sanitary way, and turns it into high quality fertilizer. They partnered with local plastics producer Crestanks and Sustainable Sanitation Design (SuSan Design) to produce their design, which has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Index: Award.

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  1. Darren Darren March 29, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Hey if you combine this toilet with this new nonstick coating you have the world’s cheapest toilet no water needed. Read link above.

  2. Mihai-Cătălin Gogu June 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    1. 3 dollars is not that cheap for Uganda because “Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world, with 37.7% of the population living on less than $1.25 a day”(wiki)
    2. Well Susan seems to have forgotten aboout the poo although is such a holistic approach. They say that ” The spread of faecal bacteria is the source of 80 per cent of the illnesses in slum areas”. I’ll admit i’m not an expert but i don’t think that faecal bacteria is found in wee.
    3. They transport their wee to be transformed into fertillizer for whom ? Do they bennefit from this, aside from spending 3 bucks on an magic adaptable funnel ?
    Just saying…

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