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mar 15, 2009

peepoo bag

peepoo bag

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.

  • poo can biodegrade. does this plastic biodegrade as well? if not, why not? what’s the point of storing poo in plastic?

    steven says:
  • I agree with the first comment, why use a container that will outlast its contents???

    FCCFU says:
  • From the website:
    “…the plastic not only disintegrates but also that the molecules are broken down into carbon dioxide, water and bio-mass. Already today, the plastic is produced to 45% using renewable materials. Peepoople intends, within the near future, to find a solution which is 100% renewable. The bioplastic comprises a mixture of aromatic co-polyesters and polylactone acid (PLA), with small additives of wax and lime.”

    David says:
  • the idiocy, let the architect also goes to a bag,
    the company lobbied by manufacturers of polyethylene. says:
  • “The inside of the Peepoo bag is coated with a thin film of urea […] When the urea comes into contact with faeces or urine, an enzymatic breakdown takes place into ammonia and carbonate […] As the urea is broken down, the pH value of the material increases and hygienisation begins.

    andrek says:
  • you are not serious here??? if so, the guy is just full of the crap that is supposed to fill your bags.
    sweden is really really far away from africa and its problems!
    pete you freak me out!

    shithead says:
  • I wonder if Peter would itegrate this solution to his sanitary system at home, if the answer is NO, I believe it´s not even the direction of a global solution for sanitation, if the answer is yes, I think Peter should evolve a little bit his ideas.

    Moe says:
  • Of course Peter would not use this bag in his own home. That’s like saying there is no use building shelters for homeless because we wouldn’t want to live in them. Obviously this bag is a possible solution to the sanitation problems in places where they have no sewer system. You can’t just give them a toilet now can you.

    eljay says:
  • to be honest: just thinking that someone that does not have enough to eat pays for a plastic bag to make his daily business freaks me out! For me it is cruel to use even that basic need as a “business idea”…

    Chist says:

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