in the world today, 2.6 billion people have no access to basic sanitation. human faeces
contains infectious and lethal pathogens, causing diseases such as cholera and diarrhea.
the situation could be described as an ongoing emergency.
designer and concept inventor anders wilhelson and codesigners peter thuvander
and camilla wirsen together with peepoopeople have codesigned the peepoobag
as a sanitation solution that aims at solving this global problem.
the peepoobag is a personal, single-use toilet that sanitises human excreta shortly after
defecation. all this is done within a high performance degradable bioplastic bag coated
with urea. it requires no water, and after use as the bag breaks down and disintegrates,
the treated faeces become fertiliser with a high market value. its design is adapted in
every way so that it might be manufactured at as low a price as possible and sold to
the groups with weakest purchasing power in the world.
the peepoo bag is designed to be used once, sitting, squatting or standing. if one uses it
with only the hand, the thin gauze prevents all contact with the excrement. it can also be
used by being placed in a cut plastic bottle or small bucket and acting approximately
as a chamber pot.
the peepoo bag is a toilet which is not fixed to a particular place. it is simple to carry since
it is small and weighs less than 10 grams.
peepoo bags are odour free for at least 24 hours after use and can thus be stored in
the immediate environment.
peepoo bag is one of few sanitation solutions which require no water. the only water required
is to wash the hands after use. this means that the traditional link between water and sanitation
has been cut.a used peepoobag is clean to handle. it has become a waste that neither smell nor
is dirty to take care of and collect.
the peepoo bag is scheduled for production in mid 2009.